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Ferguson hits home for William Moore

8/19/2014

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore, who is from Missouri, is very familiar with outrage and violence currently making headlines in the city of Ferguson.

"My family is there. That's where I grew up, in Ferguson," Moore said following Tuesday's practice. "I've got a lot of family there and a lot of friends. I try to stay as far as I can away from it as far as being out there. But I also talk to them."

The situation has grown tense in Ferguson after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was unarmed.

"I mean, what's going to be done is going to be done," Moore said. "I wish [Brown's] family the best. And I pray for all of them."

Moore was asked how many relatives he has in Ferguson.

"Auntie, cousins, nephews, little cousins. I've got a lot," he said. "And, like I told you, that's where I grew up at around 6 years old. And the craziest part, I don't remember. My mom and my sister had to tell me. I knew we grew up in St. Louis. I forgot Ferguson.

"It sucks what's going on. But I wish them the best, though."

Moore played high school football in Hayti, Missouri, then attended the University of Missouri.