Southfield High Mourns a Fallen Warrior


Zaire Marthrel

Senior Kara Allen would have been 18 on April 25.

Senior Kara Allen is the first fallen Warrior of the new Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology.

The school – less than three weeks old – lost its first student Sept. 21, when Allen and three of her siblings were allegedly murdered by her step-father at their home in Dearborn Heights.

Allen was a member of the school news staff, a varsity football cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society and manager of the Varsity Football team.

Allen dreamed of attending Salem College in North Carolina and becoming an obstetrician, according to one of her best friends, fellow senior Alicia Buford.

Among the other victims was Chadney J. Allen, who graduated from Southfield High School in 2015, and younger sisters Koi, age six, and Kaleigh, age four.

Allen’s mother, Faith Green, was allegedly shot and stabbed but listed in fair condition at Oakwood Hospital.

Students were informed of the loss by their teachers and counselors and some left school in tears upon hearing the news.

“It doesn’t make sense,” said Allen’s former English teacher Virna Hobbs-Calhoun. “She was a bright student; it was a waste of talent.” Hobbs said the loss of life was especially tragic considering that the alleged murderer was Allen’s step-father.

Allen and her brother both allegedly died from a gunshot wound to the head. The younger children allegedly died from carbon monoxide poisoning.