A professional footballer discovered the body of his older brother hanged at his home on the day he signed a contract with a League One club, it emerged today.
Byron Moore found the lifeless body of Louis Moore, 28, just hours after joining Port Vale FC on Thursday.
The 25-year-old pro footballer received a text message saying “I want to be alone, it’s over” as he put pen to paper with the club.
He then rushed back from the Vale Park stadium to the property in in Meir Hay, Staffs., with his concerned mum Jannice Mounford, 50.
When Louis did not answer the door, the pair let themselves in and discovered his dead body hanging in his bedroom.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 3pm but nothing could be done to save Louis, a promising athlete, who represented Great Britain as a teen.
Yesterday it was revealed Louis, who also volunteered Staffordshire’s Special Constabulary, had been left heartbroken after splitting from his long-term girlfriend.
His devastated mother Jannice Mountford, 50, told of the moment she found her son’s dead body after she also received distressing text messages from him.
She said: “It was such a shock, you don’t expect to find your own son like that. We eventually got him down but it was too late.
“Louis had broken up with his girlfriend about six months ago and he’d been staying in more and more since then.
“People can put on a happy face but you never know what they are thinking.
“We had been away for a week and he looked after the house.
“He said he had put #5 on the electric so I said I would go round and pay him back.
“I got a message saying not to come as he wanted to be alone.
“A few days later I got another text, as did Byron, that wasn’t quite right so we went round.
“Byron was going in to sign for Vale when he got the text.
“It’s been hard, your mind is never off it.
“He even said to Byron that Germany were going to win the World Cup because they had been watching a lot of it together.
“But he has no intention of watching it in the end.
“We have to believe he’s still here, he’s still watching. He has to be here to keep an eye on Byron.
“Crewe Alexander wanted to sign Louis when he was younger as well but he was more into his athletics.
“We are just devastated beyond words. He was such a talented and popular man.”
Louis did not know about Byron’s move to Port Vale and the player has now vowed to dedicate every goal he scores to his deceased brother.
The former Crewe Alexander winger, who scored in their 2012 League Two play-off final win at Wembley, said: “I’m going to dedicate each goal I score to my brother.
“I will say a little prayer before the games, which is something I never did before.
“It’s going to be hard but we have to be strong.
“This is going to make me more determined to do better in football.
“We were really competitive with each other, but he could run faster than me.
“We were really close.
“We used to text all the time and I’d go round to his house to play Xbox.
“He used to say he was the best in Stoke-on-Trent and that no-one could beat him, but I did a few times.
“He always looked out for Crewe but he really supported Arsenal. He watched me play at Wembley and cried when I scored.
“It’s highs and lows at the minute. Some days are better than others but I’ve got to keep strong for Louis.”
Louis was part of the under-13s Great Britain team whose 1997 record for the 4x100m relay race at Northwood Stadium remains unbeaten.
He also excelled in long jump, high jump and pentathlon.
Louis was coached by Jim Talbot, who worked with double Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson.
After graduating from Staffordshire University with a degree in sports science he had aspirations to join the police and volunteered with Staffordshire’s Special Constabulary for a year before work commitments meant he had to stop.
His father, Dennis Moore, 52, said: “He was a great guy who liked to speak his mind. He always made you laugh.
“It’s such a shame he’s gone so soon.”
Jannice has a ‘big bag of medals’ belonging to Louis who represented England and Great Britain in athletics.
Grandmother Norma Mountford added: “We used to bring him to athletics competitions, which he nearly always won. He was a lovely boy.”
His funeral service will be held at St James Church, in Longton, Staffs at 12.30pm on Friday (18/7) followed by internment at Longton Cemetery from 1.30pm.