Staten Island mother Glenda Moore was overcome with grief as she returned to the site where her two sons were killed by Hurricane Sandy.
In these photos taken Thursday by the Associated Press, Moore, 39, is distraught as she and husband Damien return to the section of Staten Island where sons Brandon, 2, and Connor, 4, were killed while trying to escape Sandy’s wrath. Damien Moore was in Brooklyn when the hurricane hit.
The photos show Moore bringing her hands to her face in shock as new details about the Staten Island mother emerged Friday.
Moore may have evaded the tragedy, as she had been trying to sell her home in the Great Kills section of Staten Island, a neighbor told the Staten Island Advance.
Neighbor Lucille Malizia said the Moore family “were very sweet people.
"They're so nice. I always talk to them," she told the Advance.
The family just put up a pool that Connor enjoyed, Malizia said.
"The little one didn't like the water but the big one loved the pool,” she said. “I can't get over it. It's just so devastating. It's just really horrifying."
Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy overcame the area around Moore’s home. She tried to flee the area but her SUV was overwhelmed by the ways and she lost her grip on her two sons.
As Moore searched for her missing sons, she went knocking on her neighbors’ doors to ask for their assistance in finding Brandon and Connor but they refused to help, according to her sister.
"They answered the door and said, 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help you,’” her sister told the New York Daily News. "My sister's like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She's going to come to you and you're going to slam the door in her face and say, 'I don't know you, I can't help you'?'”
Moore is now in Brooklyn with her family, the New York Post reported.
“It’s a shock for everybody right now,” a family friend told the paper. “She’s in pain.”
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the media the deaths of Brandon and Connor was among the worst tragedies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“Terrible, absolutely terrible,” Kelly said. “It compounds all the tragic aspects of this horrific event.”
Brandon and Connor were among the 19 deaths on Staten Island due to Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island had the highest death count of the five boroughs of New York City, where 41 deaths were blamed on the storm.
Moore rode out the storm on the porch of one of her neighbors’ homes until a rescue team found her, the Post reported.
Her husband, Damien Moore, was in Brooklyn when the storm hit and was unharmed. A friend of the family told the Post that Brandon and Connor were “the joys of their lives.”
"They're the most beautiful children ever," Glenda Moore’s sister told the Daily News. "One's a redhead, the other a dirty blonde."