INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The family of a teen murdered last month is making a plea for help.
Dominique Allen’s sisters say they were not prepared for the emotional toll her killing has taken on the family. They also were not ready financially to lay the 15-year-old to rest.
“Nobody plans to bury a child. No one,” Shenika Poindexter, Dominique Allen’s sister, said.
Poindexter and her sister Mareeka Allen say they want to give Dominique the funeral she deserves.
“She would want pictures, slideshows, music, flowers. She would want a celebration,” Mareeka said.
Dominique’s body was found August 31. Police say she was strangled and then burned from the waist down and dumped behind a home on Elder Street.
“If this happened to Dominique then this can happen to any child that’s out there,” Mareeka said.
IMPD detectives are actively investigating the murder, but no arrests have been made. Dominique’s family struggles with that every day.
“We don’t sleep. We barely eat. And we can’t focus,” Poindexter said.
And that has made it difficult to plan Dominique’s funeral. Her mother passed away nearly two years ago and her father is retired and not in a position to pay for a service.
“I would like to see her final farewell as a home-going. A sweet-sixteen. She was about to turn 16 in January, we don’t have that, so this is our last chance to give her a proper goodbye,” Poindexter said.
So, they’re asking for the community’s support and help, not only with finding justice for Dominique, but for a proper farewell too.
“Just like she was going to go to prom, graduation or anything, because we’re not going to have that chance,” Poindexter said.
The Allen family chose September 20 as a tentative date for the funeral. A GoFundMe account has been set up to support the Allen family.
You can also make donation for funeral arrangements at PNC Bank: Memorial Fund for Dominique Q. Allen or mail donations to P.O. Box 88121, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208.
If you have any information on the murder of Dominique Allen, call CrimeStoppers at 262-TIPS.