Community to remember mom, 2 daughters gunned down at Brooklyn Cracker Barrel one year ago

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The Strongsville community, family and friends of a mother and her two young daughters gunned down by their father at a Cracker Barrel restaurant will be remembered Friday night at a local playground.

On April 12, 2012, Kate Allen and her two daughters, Kerri and Kayla, were out celebrating Kayla's birthday with their estranged father, Kevin Allen, when their father went berserk after dinner and gunned down his family.

Kate told the 911 dispatcher before the shooting that Kevin was circling the parking lot and that she had asked him for a divorce during the dinner.

The massacre took place at restaurant's Brooklyn location.

Kate and Kerri Allen died immediately, while Kayla Allen hung on for several weeks following the shooting before her little light burned out, joining her mother and sister.

Kevin Allen was gunned down by Brooklyn police as he attempted to leave the restaurant.

Friday evening, exactly one year later, community members, family and friends will gather at the Strongsville Playground located behind the Strongsville Library at 13213 Pearl Road to plant a lilac bush in the Allen girls' names and install a special bench.

The playground was one of Kerri and Kayla Allen's most cherished locations, making it the appropriate location to remember their lives along with the mother Kate.

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