Over the next six years, the troubled teen grew into an academic superstar and community leader. When Wes graduated, he was the highest-ranking student out of 750 military cadets...and his accomplishments didn't end there.
Wes landed an internship with the mayor of Baltimore and earned degrees in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University. Then, at age 22, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford.
The day after receiving this prestigious honor, the Baltimore Sun ran a story about Wes. "[They] did a piece on my life and my childhood and how I was a local kid who had just received this full scholarship to Oxford," he says. "But the thing that really hit me was, at the same time, there was a whole series of articles about the murder of a police officer."
One of the men wanted in the police officer's murder was also named Wes Moore. Joy says she was terrified for her son. "There are wanted posters all over our neighborhood looking for 'Wes Moore,'" she says.
From the article, Wes learned that on February 7, 2000, a jewelry store robbery ended with the murder of an off-duty Baltimore police officer, Sgt. Bruce Prothero. Bruce was chasing four armed robbers when he was shot at point-blank range. He left behind a wife and five young children.
Investigators were on the hunt for four suspects, including a man named Wes Moore and his brother Tony.