Near west side bench dedicated to woman abducted, murdered in 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Family and friends of Dominique Allen are trying to move forward in life on the anniversary of her death.

They held their second celebration of the 15-year-old Indianapolis teen Saturday afternoon next to the spray park in Haughville.

Allen was abducted and murdered two years ago on the city’s west side. Her badly burned body was found days later.

“It haunts me to think of what she went through and no one heard anything,” said Shenika Poindexter.

Two years later, Poindexter and her sisters all say they haven’t stopped thinking about how and why their younger sister was killed.

“We still don’t know how he got her and we still don’t know why,” said Poindexter. “We can’t say, ‘Oh my God, let’s just rewind this and go back in time and reverse what happened.’ We can’t do that. She’s gone forever.”

With Dominique’s killer now behind bars, the family is now focusing on helping others.

“We want the community to have some type of light on it and some type of beauty in this community,” said Dominique’s sister Mareeka Allen.

A new bench with Dominique’s name now sits facing the spray park.

“We just collaborated together and wanted to have a place where people could come and sit and rest and reflect and pray,” said Linda Znachko of He Knows Your Name Ministries.

Znachko never met Dominique. She became connected with the girl’s family after her death, when her family was struggling with burial costs.

“Being just so distraught, I realized that one of the biggest resource helps I could provide was the headstone for her,” said Znachko. “I’ve just walked this road with them and supported them and become friends and family with them.”

Two years later, Znachko helped raise money for the memorial bench Dominique’s family wanted to install to have a place to sit and remember the thousands of wonderful moments that came before Dominique’s Death.

They also hope others dealing with the consequences of violence, will find healing there too.

“It can always bring light in here for other people to come,” said Allen. “If they’re mourning the loss of loved ones, you can always come to Haughville and share those thoughts and memories with Dominique.”

They all believe Dominique is listening and smiling knowing she’s still bringing joy to others.

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