Left to right: Chris Byers, Michael Moore an Steve Branch.
They were in the second grade at Weaver Elementary School, the school located just a couple of doors down from the homes of Byers and Moore. Each household had two children and the loss was particularly harsh on the sibling. Each had achieved the rank of "Wolf" in the local Cub Scout pack.
Michael Moore enjoyed wearing his scout uniform even when he was not at meetings. He was considered the leader of the three. He lived with his parents, Roy Todd and Diana Moore and his nine-year-old sister, Dawn.
Steve "Stevie" Branch taught himself to flip and make karate moves like the Ninja Turtles. He bought a birthstone ring for Michael Moore's sister, Dawn. He had a pet dog named King and a pet turtle. He was an honor student. He lived with his mother, Pamela Hobbs, his stepfather, Terry Hobbs, and a four-year-old stepsister, Amanda.
Christopher Byers was hyperactive and naturally curious. He enjoyed swimming. He was nicknamed "Worm" because he squirmed so much. He lived with his mother, Sharon Melissa Byers, his stepfather, John Mark Byers, and his stepbrother, Shawn Ryan Clark, aged 13. According to his mother, he was a typical eight-year-old. "He still believed in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. He liked to play in the dirt with trucks. He liked to color." [Melissa Byers, West Memphis Evening Times, May 7, 1993]
[sources: Memphis Commercial Appeal and West Memphis Evening Times]
Michael Moore. b. July 27, 1984 in Key West, FL.
Christopher Byers. b. June 23, 1984, Memphis, TN.
Stevie Branch. b. November 26, 1984 in Blytheville, AR.
[source: obituaries. Unless noted, residences were for 1993]
Left to right: Pamela and Terry Hobbs; Todd and Diana Moore
Melissa and Mark Byers Ricky Lee Murray, 1989
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