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February 28, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- A 53-year-old Phoenix pastor who invested his life helping the homeless and ex-convicts was shot dead during a home invasion this week.

Pastor Jack Moriarty was pastor at the Redeemed Outreach Center, an inner city church.

One report said Moriarty looked more like a biker than a pastor.

The crime was reported Feb. 28, 2015.

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The investigation is ongoing, but police said three people were in the home when two unknown men entered. Moriarty was shot and killed and another male occupant was assaulted, Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard said. The third occupant was able to hide in her room and call for help.

The two men then took some personal property and fled the scene, Howard said.

The home invasion was less than a mile from where a Catholic priest, the Rev. Kenneth Walker, was murdered in June.

Pastor Jack, as his congregation called him, led Redeemed Outreach, which offers recently released offenders a place to stay , food to eat and a disciplined, but open, program to help former inmates readjust to life outside of prison.

Clover Lucky, now an assistant residential manager at the center's women's halfway house, came to Moriarty for help in 2009. Lucky said he was a friend and provider to all.

"He was a rescuer of human souls," Lucky said. "He had an open heart, and open door to all those who needed it."

The women's halfway house is across the street from the crime scene. Lucky said she was notified almost immediately after the incident.

"We were in here finishing up Bible study when we found out," Lucky said.

Madisson McCoppin was at a nearby church when she and a friend heard the news from a fellow volunteer and decided to talk to those affected by the loss.

"These women have been up all night," McCoppin said. "A lot of them don't really know how to handle it."

Just over a mile away, near 11th Avenue and Jefferson Streets, people gathered outside the Redeemed Outreach Center to process the news.

Richard Garcia, who

"We just lost a strong soldier," Garcia said. "He got down into the nitty and gritty part of the streets and was a leader by example." has been affiliated with Redeemed Outreach for nearly five years, said Moriarty didn't care about the rewards and recognition of what he did.

Police are looking for the two men involved in the shooting. One man was described as a White male in his 40s, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build. He was clean shaven, had stringy brown hair and was last seen in dark clothing.

The other man is described a Black male between 20 and 40 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a dark "beanie" cap.

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