Prayer vigil held in memory of Swann Street gun violence victim

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Family and friends are in mourning days after the shooting death of a Columbus teen.

In a prayer vigil Sunday evening, a large crowd came together on Swann Street to remember 19-year-old Tony Allen.

Allen’s mother, Deanna Allen, remembered her son and made pleas for the violence to end.

“All this violence has got to stop,” the mother said through tears, “I never thought I would be standing here today, like this, with my heart broken in two, crushed the life out of my body.”

Her powerful words were met with tears and “amen” from a few folks in the crowd.

Tony Allen was shot and killed Wednesday morning. 

Friends say he was loving and reliable.

“We are going to miss him,” says one friend.

”Gone, but never forgotten.”

The crowd lit candles, released balloons, and prayed for peace and comfort.

Deanna Allen says Tony was her only son. “I want the world to remember my son as a funny, good kid. respectable- a star.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist the family and help with funeral costs.

Memorial t-shirts are also in the works to support Allen at his funeral.

Arrangements are set for Friday at Progressive Funeral Home.

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