WSOP Circuit ring winner Mohammad “Moe” Moeini was among five people killed in a mass murder in Biloxi, Mississippi last week, the suspected murderer also dying after a police standoff.
Moeini, a stalwart of the Gulf Coast poker community who took down his biggest win at the 2014 WSOP Circuit Main Event in Biloxi, was shot dead in the Broadway Inn Express motel he owned, along with two other people.
According to WLOX News, the shooting was a result of an argument over money that escalated, with 51-year-old Moeini, along with hotel resident-workers 61-year-old Laura Lehman, and 55-year-old Chad Green, paying the ultimate price.
A witness who attempted to help the victims described a “chaotic scene” with people fleeing the area after gunfire rang out at the waterfront motel on Highway 90.
The suspect, 32-year-old Jeremy Alesunder Reynolds, then fled the scene, carjacking 52-year-old William Waltman, whom he also shot and killed.
Reynolds barricaded himself inside the Canal Grocery and Seafood store, some 10 miles from the scene of the murders, but was found dead after police first teargassed, and then stormed the shop.
The Gulf Coast poker Facebook page was soon filling up with tributes to Mohammad Moeini, known affectionately as “Moe”.
- Truly heartbreaking to lose such a wonderful person. Such a kind and gentle man.
- RIP Moe. He allowed my kids and I to stay at his hotel when we didn’t have a place to go.
- Really sad to hear this. Moe was an outstanding poker player…also an amazing person and friend.
Mohammad “Moe” Moeini’s Hendon Mob listing shows $528,313 in live tournament cashes dating back to a $15k win at the 2010 Spring Break Poker Classic in Biloxi.
The years 2013 and 2014 brought his biggest successes at the poker tables, three wins in 2013 including The Million Dollar Heater – Regional Poker Series Shootout worth more than $70k followed by his WSOP Circuit win the following year.
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