Man arrested, charged with 2nd-degree murder in weekend shooting of city woman

Man accused of murder served in the U.S. Army and played semi-pro football in NH.

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MANCHESTER, NH –  Police have arrested Justin Moura, 34, of Manchester, and charged him with second-degree murder in the March 2 death of Tanya Hall.  

Moura is accused of recklessly causing Hall’s death “under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by shooting her with a handgun.”

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Tanya Hall/Facebook

Maura is to be arraigned Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court – North.

An autopsy was conducted on Hall Monday by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval.  She determined the cause of Hall’s death was a gunshot wound to the back, and that the manner of her death was homicide.

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Police set up crime tape at a location near Auburn and Pine streets in connection to a shooting death. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot across from Club ManchVegas Bar & Grill on Old Granite Street.  A witness said the woman was with the man in a Jeep that drove off from the scene.

According to a Manchester Fire Department dispatch, at 11:43 p.m. an ambulance was sent to the corner of Pine and Auburn streets for an individual suffering from a gunshot wound.  The dispatcher later said police advised the unresponsive patient was shot at another location.

The attorney general noted that the charges and allegations are merely accusations and Moura is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In a recent Facebook discussion on a Manchester Ink Link story about placing a Bible on a POW/MIA display at the Manchester VA, Moura identified himself as a former Infantryman at 187th Infantry Regiment.

“Isn’t the oath you swear in under God??? Yep it is, but guess separation of church and state only applies when we want it to right?” Moura wrote.

His Facebook page introduction includes the following quote: “Live Now, Die Later! Until then life is what you make it.”

He also indicated on the social network that he was a former member of the U.S. Army having served as an infantryman with the 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

He said he also was a former laborer at Laborers Local Union 668, a former shipper/receiver at DEKA Research and Development and once held that same position at Phillips Teletrol.

Moura appears on the roster of the Granite State Destroyers, a team in the New England Football League, where he played for for two seasons as a defensive back.

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Pat Grossmith

Pat Grossmith is a freelance reporter.