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Community gathers to celebrate life of slain Ben Davis student Dominique Allen

Park bench named in Allen's honor
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Posted at 1:22 PM, Sep 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 13:23:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon to remember a Ben Davis High School student who was murdered in 2014.

The body of 15-year-old Dominique Allen was found dumped and burned on the city’s west side after she had been choked to death.

Her murderer, William Gholston was found guilty this past spring after DNA evidence linked him to Allen’s body.

Now that the suspect has been sentenced, the family wanted to honor her celebration of life this year at Haughville Park.

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A park bench, in remembrance of Allen, was donated by He Knows Your Name Ministry.

“We are just experiencing the fullness of life together and we are realizing that it didn't have to end and be over when Dominique died,” said Linda Znachko with He Knows Your Name Ministry. “But it is just a new normal for them, and they are embracing it.  And they just want to be that friend to people who have experienced that hardship and pain.”

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The bench has a plaque with Allen’s name engraved.

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The ministry said they hope the bench will provide a space for other families who have been victims of crime to pray and reflect.