A portion of Avenue C has been renamed after Jada Domenique Moore.
The Bayonne City Council passed a resolution approving the street renaming at its July 20 meeting. The tribute to the late Bayonne native comes just a little over two years after her untimely death.
Gone too soon
On June 14, 2020, Moore was tragically killed in a multi-car collision with a U-Haul in North Carolina. The 21-year-old was a life long resident of Bayonne, New Jersey before moving south.
Moore was the mother to Ja’layah Keyara Owens, who was also injured in the motor vehicle accident. She was born just a few months prior on March 27, 2020.
Moore and her daughter were passengers in a Hyundai Accent at a red light when they were hit by the U-Haul. The moving truck slammed into the back of the car they were passengers in, causing a collision with the two cars in front of them.
Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. Her infant daughter was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to police. However, she ultimately survived.
The driver of the Hyundai sustained non-life threatening injuries and was not identified. The driver of the U-Haul also sustained non-life threatening injuries, but was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Moore was born to mother Shanna McKennan and father James Moore. She was subsequently raised and educated in Bayonne.
A graduate of Henry E. Harris Elementary School in 2013 and Bayonne High School in 2017, Moore was attending The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also loved to do eye lashes and was starting her own eye lash business.
Moore was much loved by those who knew her, according to the resolution. She was affectionately known to family and friends as “Boo” or “Jaybandz,” and her charismatic personality impacted those who came in contact with her.
In response to her sudden and tragic death, many of her friends and family in Bayonne put together a vigil in her honor on June 20, 2020. Many also rallied to donate over $10,000 to an online fundraiser to support her family in the wake of her passing.
Now, those who loved and cherished Moore during her far too sort life are desirous of ensuring that her hometown of Bayonne never forgets her. Per the resolution, the City of Bayonne would be remiss if it did not make an effort to celebrate Moore’s life and commemorate her death by providing a lasting tribute.
Now the block becomes her
Avenue C from 1st Street to 2nd Street is now known as Jada’s Way. The move aims to to honor the life of Moore and ensure that generations of Bayonne residents will know her story.
A ceremony dedicating the street will likely be held in the coming future.
For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.