Family: Girl who survived restaurant shooting dies of injuries

11:59 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A spokesperson with the Hospice of the Western Reserve says the lone survivor of the Cracker Barrel restaurant shooting has died from her injuries.

Kayla Allen, 10, was placed in hospice care last Friday after spending nearly a month in MetroHealth Medical Center. In a family statement released at the time, relatives said Kayla had taken a turn for the worse.

The family released a statement just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"The family of Kayla Allen is appreciative and grateful for the support and prayers of so many during this journey. Kayla has died peacefully at home. She has been surrounded by family and friends for the past few days, comfortable and serene."

"This time has been most meaningful to us as we held her and loved her, prayed for her and said our goodbyes. We have been heartened by the hopes and outpouring of concern of friends as well as strangers and this has given us comfort during a most difficult time. Public memorial service information will be forthcoming."  

For weeks, the community held on to hope that Kayla would survive the tragedy.  At times her condition would be upgraded, but by May, she remained critical.

As doctors worked hard and family members prayed, friends and strangers in Strongsville rallied.

They formed a Facebook page, and posted regular updates and prayers for Kayla on the website.

People from all sides of the community stepped up to raise money for her medical expenses.  Many benefits were planned into the summer: an example of the optimism people held on to.

Kayla passed away in her home, surrounded by her friends and relatives this afternoon. 

Later this evening, someone updated her Facebook page:

"Kayla, in a perfect body, with no pain or sadness, is in heaven with her mother, sister and our Lord Jesus Christ. Her suffering is over. She is in an eternal paradise."

"Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

On April 12, Kayla's father entered the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn and shot Kayla, her mother and her sister.

The mother, Kate Allen, and sister, Kerri Allen, died at the scene.

Police shot and killed the father as he attempted to leave the restaurant and refused to drop his gun.

The family had been celebrating Kerri's 10th birthday when the shootings took place.


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