Whether he was making music, relaxing with friends or playing with his newborn son, Christian Allen always knew how to lighten the mood.
That’s how relatives remembered the 22-year-old man fatally shot a block away from his Baton Rouge home Thursday night.
“He was a very bright, respectable young man,” said his mother, Sandra Chew. “If you were his friend, you were his friend for life.”
As he often did, Allen was walking Thursday night to the Shell gas station near his Sewanee Drive home, south of Interstate 10 off near South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Chew said.
Allen was killed about 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Citadel Drive in what may have been a botched robbery, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
By Friday evening, no arrests had been made.
Chew remembered Allen as a “humble person,” a recent father with a 1-month-old son, Christian Allen Jr.
“He had a wonderful relationship with his son. He absolutely adored him,” Chew said.
As a youngster, Allen was an honor roll student at McKinley Senior High who could be rambunctious at times but loved his family more than anything, Chew said.
Allen liked to play basketball and was passionate about music, his family members said. Baton Rouge-based rappers Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates were among his favorite artists, Chew said.
Allen was looking for a job, but had previously worked in construction.
His cousin, Jordan Douglas, 22, remembered Allen as both “laid-back” and charismatic, a talented writer who commanded attention when he walked in the room.
“He was ambitious when it came down to things that he loved,” Douglas said. “When he wanted to accomplish something, he would always put his mind toward achieving that goal.”
The two last saw each other in November at Allen’s son’s baby shower, where they talked about dreams, family and the future, Douglas said.
“He showed a lot of love to a lot of people, but I told him that can sometimes get you in trouble,” Douglas said.
The cousins had grown up going to movies and parties together. Allen had recently gotten a new phone number and something had been telling Douglas to call and check in.
“It had been on my mind the past few weeks,” he said. “I just can’t get over the idea that it’s too late now.”
When he heard the news Friday morning, Douglas walked into a quiet room to gather his thoughts and reflect on his cousin’s life.
“His son now has to walk the earth without his dad,” Douglas said. “Nothing gives you the right to take another person’s life.”
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