Lester Moore's grave in Tombstone's Boothill Graveyard
Born: Date Unknown
Died: Date Unknown (Naco, Cochise County, Arizona)
Interred: Boothill Graveyard (Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona)
Occupation: Wells Fargo Station Agent
Lester Moore worked for Wells Fargo in the Mexico/United States border town of Naco, Arizona. One day in the late 1800s, a man named Hank Dunstan arrived at the Wells Fargo station to pick up a package he was expecting. When Lester handed him a badly battered and mangled package, Hank became enraged at the condition of it and an argument ensued. The argument quickly became heated and both men reached for their guns.
Lester Moore was killed in the affray, having been hit with four slugs from Hank Dunstan's gun. Before he died, Lester Moore managed to fire off one shot of his own, hitting Hank Dunstan in the chest. Dunstan soon died from his injury, also.
Lester Moore's body was transported to nearby Tombstone, where he was buried in the Boothill Graveyard. No records exist to indicate where Hank Dunstan was buried.
Moore, who otherwise probably would have lived out his life in anonymity, became famous worldwide because of the epitaph inscribed on his headstone.
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Tombstone's Boothill by Ben T. Traywick (1994)