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It has been almost two years since Beverly Allen drove to Buffalo to check on her daughter, Kristie, who was house-sitting for vacationing friends.
Not long after she walked inside the house, she discovered Kristie’s body in a bedroom. The man accused of her murder fled in her daughter’s car. He was apprehended quickly but has yet to go to trial.
Allen, 28 at the time of her death, is buried at the back of Red Hill Cemetery. Her resting place is noted by a plain metal marker supplied by the funeral home.
Friends and family members are holding a fundraiser Saturday to purchase a headstone for Allen.
Beverly Allen has been putting out flyers and talking to business owners for donations for an auction.
“People have been very nice,” she said. “One business owner made a donation, then prayed with me.”
The benefit begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at LaRue County Fairgrounds. There is a chili and hot dog dinner and entertainment by Bluegrass Express.
The band has played at the Lincoln Days festival.
“Hopefully there will be enough (raised) to get this daughter of mine a headstone,” Allen said.
To donate new or gently used items for the auction, call Becky Przybylak at 270-766-2571.
Saturday’s fundraiser is not “a one-time thing,” said Kristie’s cousin, Kasey Ferguson Bradley.
After a headstone is purchased, excess money will be donated to a charity Kristie would approve of – something that would benefit children or women in crisis situations.
“Kristie loved children,” Bradley said. “We will put the money to good use.”
To make a direct donation, mail it to PNC Bank, c/o Kristie Allen Foundation, 805 N. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701.
Donations are tax deductible. Call Bradley at 270-317-4618 for a receipt or more information.