Like many other teenagers her age, Aurora McCarter was at odds with her mother, Latosha Bartlett, over someone she was dating. The 17-year-old Junior Cadet got into a fight with her mother months ago on July 7, however, whereas many teens would quickly return home, Aurora stayed out of sight. Six days after leaving, her family officially reported her missing, but Aurora McCarter was able to dodge authorities while out on the streets.
It seemed as if Aurora was looking forward to a life as an officer, considering just weeks before running away from home, she’d enrolled in Ohio’s Cincinnati Police Department’s Summer Cadet Program. As she looked forward to her junior year of high school, Aurora McCarter volunteered for community service and learned what it was like to be a police officer, but somewhere along the way, the teen deviated to a troublesome path.
“Aurora is just a beautiful child, a sweetheart, very humble, very respectful,” said Donna White, McCarter’s aunt. “We never had to worry about her because we never saw her do anything wrong.”
According to reports, Aurora had been dating an 18-year-old boy named Christopher Coleman. Her mother didn’t approve and as an act of defiance, Aurora left home without alerting her loved ones of where she was going and who should would be staying with. She ignored their texts and calls, but many hoped that Aurora McCarter would see the err of her ways and return home. In later August, just five weeks after running away, Aurora’s mother received tragic news.
Investigators state that Aurora was in the company of an unidentified person who was selling a gun to a 16-year-old boy when he shot her. Because he is a juvenile, he hasn’t been named in public reports. Yet, Cincinnati’s The Enquirer states that court documents describe the shooter as a “delinquent child” who was a runaway from February to August before he was found and placed with his grandmother by Family Services. Authorities claim that during the transaction with Aurora McCarter and her associate, the shooter decided he didn’t want to pay for the gun so he opened fire. Aurora was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The teen suspected of killing Aurora McCarter has been charged with aggravated murder and the investigation is ongoing. Aurora’s aunt refuses to believe that her niece was involved in a gun sale and insists that Aurora must have been “tagging along” with someone else. The aunt also revealed that Aurora and the person she was with both knew the shooter from school. The argument Aurora McCarter had with her mother, added her aunt, was the first time the 17-year-old showed any act of rebellion.
“She was very quiet. Her smile was infectious. She had dimples out of this world,” said Sgt. Cassandra Tucker. “She brought a ray of sunshine into the room. She never came to work with a frown on her face… She was like a seed: the more you water it, the more it grows into a beautiful flower. That was Aurora.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542.
Please share this story about Aurora McCarter to help bring awareness about the loss of this promising young life and to hopefully help someone in the future. She is our sister and her life matters.
Dr. Susan Moore Accused Hospital Of Racism, Clinic Claims Staff “May Have Been Intimidated”
She contracted COVID-19, was hospitalized, & died weeks later.
A seven-minute video captured the attention of a global audience and now a hospital is attempting to defend itself against accusations of discrimination. Dr. Susan Moore, 52, shared that she’d tested positive for COVID-19 back on November 29. By December 4, Dr. Moore was in the hospital being treated for her symptoms. She revealed that she’d informed the staff at Indiana University Health North that she was troubled because she was reportedly experiencing abnormal levels of pain. Instead of treatment, Dr. Moore stated that the hospital staff minimized her pain and dismissed her concerns. She believed that the way she was being treated was because she was Black. Historically, physicians were taught the falsehood that Black people have a higher pain tolerance and therefore didn’t need as much help with their pain as other ethnicities.
“You have to show proof that you have something wrong with you in order for you to get the medicine,” said Moore. “I put forth, and I maintain, that if I was White, I wouldn’t have to go through that.”
Finally, Moore underwent a CT scan and doctors were able to take a look at her lungs. She was reportedly told that she could be prescribed narcotics and eventually, she was discharged from the facility. Moore continued to document her recovery on Facebook where she shared that she had to be readmitted to another hospital.
“I was home for less than 12 hours. Spiked a temperature of 103 and my blood pressure plummeted to 80/60 with a heart rate of 132. I’m back in the hospital, a different hospital Saint Vincent Carmel￼,” Moore wrote in the updated caption to her post. “Those people were trying to kill me. Clearly everyone has to agree they discharge me way too soon. They are now treating me for a bacterial pneumonia as well as Covid pneumonia. I am getting very compassionate care. They are offering me pain medicine.”
On Dec. 20, Dr. Susan Moore reportedly succumbed to illnesses related to COVID-19 and passed away.
Indiana University Health North has faced heavy criticism since Moore shared her video, including scathing comments and op-ed pieces from respected medical professionals who condemned them for potentially engaging in discriminatory behavior with their patients. In response, IU Health North’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis M. Murphy released a lengthy statement where he attempted to defend the health center while also expressing regret over Dr. Moore’s complaints.
“I am even more saddened by the experience she described in the video. It hurt me personally to see a patient reach out via social media because they felt their care was inadequate and their personal needs were not being heard. I also saw several human perspectives in the story she told – that of physicians who were trying to manage the care of a complex patient in the midst of a pandemic crisis where the medical evidence on specific treatments continues to be debated in medical journals and in the lay press. And the perspective of a nursing team trying to manage a set of critically ill patients in need of care who may have been intimidated by a knowledgeable patient who was using social media to voice her concerns and critique the care they were delivering. All of these perspectives comprise a complex picture. At the end of the day, I am left with the image of a distressed patient who was a member of our own profession—one we all hold dear and that exists to help serve and better the lives of others. These factors make this loss doubly distressing.”
Many have taken issue with this particular portion of the statement because he mentions that the staff “may have been intimidated” because Dr. Moore was “knowledgeable.” Critics have noted that far too often, Black women have been labeled “intimidating” for nothing more than being who they are. To suggest that Dr. Moore was “intimidating” a nursing and doctoral staff because she, too, was a physician has rubbed some the wrong way.
Murphy defended his staff but noted that they may have lacked compassionate care. You can read through the entirety of his statement here.
I offer my sincerest condolences to Dr. Susan Moore’s loved ones. She was our sister and her life mattered.
I hope that all of you are staying safe and exercising all proper precautions during this pandemic.
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