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Man on mission to turn blighted homes into F.F.U.N Houses

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Stevie Moore has been fighting against gun violence since his son Prentice was killed Memorial Day weekend 11 years ago.

On Wednesday, one of his son's best friends was gunned down, almost 11 years to the day. But the tragedy has only renewed Moore's fight.

After his son was shot and killed, Moore vowed to fight and formed a non-profit F.F.U.N. (Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives) to fight gun violence. He's still fighting and hopes to make an impact across the city.

"That happened (Wednesday), it's kind of reliving it," Moore said.

But this is not letting this tragedy slow him down. Moore's focused on reaching children before the guns do.

"We've got to make it so the children don't want to pick up the gun," Moore said. "We'll never get all the guns. We need to teach and do more education on why not to get the guns."

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Moore's vision is to take over abandoned blight homes in neighborhoods all over the city. Through volunteers and donations he wants to transform those homes into what he calls "F.F.U.N. Houses," a safe place for kids to go after school, to keep them out of trouble.

"I hope with these F.F.U.N. Houses, I hope to put them all through the city," Moore said. "It's my dream that I can come in the evening and see children shooting marbles again, playing jacks, horseshoes, play some dodgeball, volleyball."

Moore has the F.F.U.N. House headquarters almost ready to open. He sees this as a place to have parties and get together for at-risk kids. Moore hopes the community will help him spread the F.F.U.N Houses across the city.

"I don't know the answer," he said. "Some way we've got to keep coming together. Everybody. All demographics, all colors, all races, this is a fight for all of us."

Moore said the city will help him acquire abandoned houses that are off the tax role.
    
If you'd like to help him turn the blighted houses around into F.F.U.N. Houses call 901-527-3149.

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