Bears CB D.J. Moore coping with murder of older brother

If the lockout has provided D.J. Moore with anything in the past two months, the Chicago Bears cornerback has had more time to deal with the loss of a loved one.

His older brother Eddie Moore III was murdered May 7 near Atlanta in a quadruple shooting that claimed the lives of two other men. Moore’s family has dealt with hardships in the past. His mother Doris battles a drug addiction and her ex-husband and three of her four children have spent time in prison.

What did he mean to me? Everything," Moore told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "I wouldn't say he taught me how to play, but when he was playing, I was playing. He was better than I was in basketball. Athletically, we were like the same."

Eddie Moore III was released from a three-month federal prison sentence for distribution of crack cocaine in time to see his younger brother play in an NFL game last season at Carolina.

“All he ever talked about was me playing football," Moore said. "He never asked me for nothing. He didn't want nothing. He just wanted to talk football. So I'm just going to go out there and play these games for him."

The investigation into the shootings is ongoing.

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