All of us have experienced sorrow in the neighborhoods where we live, but it seems like Allen has recently had an unfairly high number of tragedies.
Friday saw a second multi-murder suicide with kid victims. Seven individuals, including four children, have vanished in less than a week from a community that prioritizes residential growth, family safety, and comfort.
Parents in Allen claim that because the tragedies are so near their homes, they are more upsetting. This Labor Day, Allen’s Spirit Park is crowded with families, but most of them are unaware that a family-based murder case was just recently discovered a few yards away.
“I don’t comprehend it, it’s something. Do something for yourself because how you treat yourself affects people around you, advised dad Monico Perez. “But you can’t think about doing that to a child after that,” she said.
On September 1, Allen police shut down the park and its walking trails after receiving a 911 call that led investigators to discover a mother and her two children shot to death, according to sources.
Similar to what they had done three days before in a home on Aberdeen Drive, the police classified the violence as a murder-suicide. On August 28, Allen police officers entered that house and discovered a mother, a father, their 12- and 2-year-old children, all shot to death.
Parents like Jacob Saucier said it’s more shocking when it’s so near, especially when the horrific shooting at the Allen premium outlet mall is taken into account. Certainly hits close to home in your backyard, Saucier said. I’ve spent 25 years living here. These are not common occurrences, but when they do, it is significant.
The identities of the victims discovered in Spirit Park have not been made public by the police, and there is no evidence linking the murder-suicides.