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We were all horrified to learn of the violent attack on our friend Richard Moore on a peaceful Wednesday morning last week. I know I speak for the entire community in wishing him a speedy recovery.
In the aftermath of the incident, it became common knowledge that Richard for some time had provided security assessments as a volunteer for Alto al Crimen. Some people rather insensitively commented on the irony of a security expert becoming a crime victim. Even Alto al Crimen failed to immediately support their volunteer, only belatedly announcing that he was a former volunteer as if to distance themselves from his tragedy. It seems that Richard is another victim of the maxim, “No good deed shall go unpunished.” 
Somewhere in the Christian Ten Commandments, there is one about loving your neighbor as your brother. I for one am proud to defend Richard as a brother. 
Richard is a very good man. He and his wife are good people. They are us and we are them. Richard selflessly gave of his time to help make our community a safer place for all. What happened to him was a cruel alignment of circumstances, which, but for the grace of time, place and luck, go all of us. 
Richard was and is concerned with the safety of our community. I would suggest that the best way to honor his loss is to learn what we must - without judgement or criticism - from his experience and apply those lessons to make our own lives and those of our friends, more secure. 
The lessons about how to establish a secure lifestyle are not difficult, but we have been slow to learn them - at a terrible cost in blood and treasure. In the last year alone: Joe Potrebenko, Marion Clamp and now Richard Moore. 
So thank your Richard - Thank you for your service to our community. Thank you for being a shepard and a teacher. We can only hope that your tragedy will help save many others from the disaster of violent crime in the future. It can be done and we much do it, just as you taught us. 
Dr. Sleepwell
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He left his security gate unlocked when he went to take a shower.  That is one lesson to be taken from this, to be vigilant and not to leave yourself vulnerable.  It's too bad we all have to live this way.  Boquete never used to be like this.

The wording in the latter part of Sleepwell's post makes it sound as if Richard died.  Did he?

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An update on Richard's condition from another website:





Richard is out of the hospital and recovering.  We have secured temporary housing through the kindness of people in the community who have not only opened their hearts to us in this time of crisis, but their homes as well.

We would like to clear up some misinformation that had been posted about Hospital Chiriquí.  They did not, we repeat, did not refuse treatment unless we made a deposit.  Just like anyone else who is taken to the emergency room, Richard was treated and stabilized.  At that point, one is asked if one wants to be admitted to the Hospital Chiriquí or be transported to another hospital.  We chose to stay at Hospital Chiriquí and since it is a private hospital and because of the way our USA health insurance works, we had to put up a deposit.  We have had to do similar deposits in the past in Texas as well.

Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to express our extreme gratitude to the following persons:

  • The Bomberos for their prompt response in stabilizing Richard and getting him to the hospital. They showed concern and care for both our physical and emotional well-being.

  • The police for responding promptly and for their thorough investigation of the crime scene.  Their kindness and understanding was greatly appreciated.

  • The hospital staff at Hospital Chiriquí.  Their attentiveness, kindness, and yes, a little humor helped us get through the first few days.

  • Dr. H. Barria “Yako” for his knowledge and skills to put Richard back together again.  He is highly professional and has a sensitive bedside manner.  Dr. Barria had to leave for the States for a week or so shortly after Richard’s surgery.  He left Richard in the care of a colleague, Dr. Erick, but still managed to check on Richard 2x a week via cellphone; consulting with Dr. Erick and talking to Richard personally.  We have yet to meet a Dr. in Texas that does that.

  • And last but not least, we appreciate the kindness and support of our friends here in Panama and Texas as well.  Especially the young Rivera-Chan men, Frank, Roman, and Isaias.  They were the first responders, rendering first aide, love, and support both at the house and the hospital.

It will be a long road to recovery for the both of us.  We don’t know what the future will bring, but we are hanging in there and taking things day by day.


Barbara Moore


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