Cracker Barrel shooting victim feared for her life, friend says

CLEVELAND - Friends say Katie Allen of Strongsville feared for her life before being killed by her estranged husband at a suburban Cleveland restaurant.

Brooklyn police killed 51-year-old Kevin Allen after he shot and killed Katie and one of their daughters at the Cracker Barrel Thursday night.

A friend, who only wanted to be identified as Doug, said Katie had taken their two daughters and left Kevin earlier this week.

"She'd been staying with friends, kind a hiding out," Doug said. "He (Kevin) wanted to see his girls because it was one of their birthdays Thursday night and she didn't want to go back to the house because she was in fear of her life. So she made arrangements to do a public dinner. She thought she'd be safe there."

Tim Boehnlein, director of education and training at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, said  women in abusive relationships are at 75 percent greater risk of being killed after they leave. 

"It's really about the perpetrators exertion of power and control to get that person back," he said.

While there's no absolute way for a woman to protect herself from someone who intentionally wants to harm her, there are things that can reduce the risk:

-Contact the Domestic Violence Helpline at 216-391-HELP for assistance in developing a safety plan

-Reach out to family and friends

-Explore the possibility of a restraining order

For more information on domestic violence, go to www.dvcac.org

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Brother of Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting victim Kate Allen suing restaurant chain Brother of Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting victim Kate Allen suing restaurant chain

The brother of Kate Allen, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband last year, is suing Cracker Barrel.

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

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.

BCI releases surveillance video from Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting that left family dead BCI releases surveillance video from Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting that left family dead

Video released this week shows the Allen family's final moments inside the Cracker Barrel on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn.

Abuse, threats before Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting that killed mom and daughters Abuse, threats before Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting that killed mom and daughters

Reports from the Ohio BCI detail the disturbing events leading up to the shooting at the Brooklyn Cracker Barrel restaurant that left a family dead.

Brooklyn Cracker Barrel killer Kevin Allen was sent to anger management class Brooklyn Cracker Barrel killer Kevin Allen was sent to anger management class

Newly released records show that an Ohio man who killed his estranged wife and their daughters had been ordered by his employer to take an anger management class after making threats to kill his family.

Police dash cam video of Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting released Police dash cam video of Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting released

Police video of last April's deadly Cracker Barrel shooting has been released that reveals exactly what Brooklyn police found when they pulled up at the restaurant.

Prosecutor says officers responding to fatal Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting followed protocol Prosecutor says officers responding to fatal Brooklyn Cracker Barrel shooting followed protocol

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said the officers who responded to a deadly domestic violence shooting incident at the Brooklyn Cracker Barrel restaurant earlier this year followed protocol.