Bayonne has officially dedicated a portion of Avenue C to the late Jada Domenique Moore.
Avenue C from 1st Street to 2nd Street is now known as Jada’s Way. The tribute to the late Bayonne native comes just a little over two years after her untimely death.
A tragedy in North Carolina
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.
Remembering Jada Moore
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. 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.
Those who loved and cherished Moore during her far too sort life were desirous of ensuring that her hometown of Bayonne never forgets her. According to the city, it would be remiss if it did not make an effort to celebrate Moore’s life and commemorate her death by providing a lasting tribute.
Friends and family joined a number of public officials in honoring Moore on July 30 for the street renaming. Prior to that, the Bayonne City Council passed a resolution approving the street renaming at its July 20 meeting.
From the city council, First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, City Councilman At-Large Loyad Booker, and City Council President Gary La Pelusa were also in attendance. Also among those in attendance was Mayor James Davis, who gave a short speech.
Davis was moved by the outpouring of support Moore saw at a vigil held in Bayonne following her passing as well as at the street renaming ceremony. He noted that many grew up with Moore, loved and respected her, and now miss her.
“She died, but thankfully her three-month-old daughter survived,” Davis said at the ceremony. “Someday, her daughter will look up at that sign and realize the community remembered her mother.”
The portion of Avenue C that is named Jada’s Way is near where Moore grew up. Friends, family, and most importantly her daughter, now have a physical location to go to remember Moore.
“Someday, her daughter will look up at that sign and realize the community remembered her mother,” Davis said.
Another official to offer a few words was Booker. He knew Moore, and offered his condolences and some advice to the family.
“The wounds never go away, but it gets better,” Booker said. “It’s important to stay close and be there for each other.”
The block becomes her
Following the speeches by officials, a reading by local poet Tehut-9, and prayer, the street sign was unveiled. Located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, the sign now designates that the street is named Jada’s Way.
Moore is now immortalized on the block she grew up on.
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