MARION COUNTY (WISH) — Three months after her murder, family and friends of Dominique Allen dedicate a headstone for the teen.
“I’ve watched you as a family stand for three months,” Linda Znachko, founder of He Knows Your Name Ministry, said as she led the ceremony. “I am so thankful to seeing you sitting this morning.”
Just a small intimate group of loved ones gathered to remember the 15-year-old.
“Today was kind of, you know, for her,” Mareeka Allen, Dominique’s sister, said.
Red roses, her favorite flower, adorned the donated headstone. Directly below her name, Dominique’s ashes are buried along with the body of her mother, who died in 2012.
“Mother and daughter reunited and finally home,” Znachko said.
“It does make it a lot more special to know that she is with our mom. Mom lied here awhile by herself and now she has Dominique with her,” Shenika Poindexter, Allen’s sister, said.
It’s a comfort, but the Allen family says they are still not at peace with Dominique’s untimely death.
“We probably won’t move on until everything is over. It does add an extra step, but we still have a long way to go,” Poindexter said.
“We have them inside of us. That’s really telling us to keep pushing and keep fighting,” Mareeka Allen said.
Allen’s sisters say they’ll continue to lean on their faith for support as they slowly let Dominique go, while holding her memory close.
The headstone dedicated on Sunday was donated to the Allen family by Znachko with the He Knows Your Name ministry. The Allens also received more than $5,000 in donations to pay for Dominique’s funeral through a GoFundMe account.