Norfolk, Va. --- The parents of Chris Allen want the people with information about their son's killing to put themselves in their shoes. They're a mother and father from out of town with no idea as to why their youngest son was shot and killed earlier this month.
"Part of us died with Chris," said Don Allen, the father. "We're trying to get some closure." Chris served in the Navy and had been living in the area since about 2007, according to his family.
In the search for answers, his parents and brother are in town from Louisiana, where Chris was raised. They're offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. "Nobody's perfect, but my kid didn't deserve to die like that."
Allen was shot and killed on Jan. 4 near 26th Street and Waverly Way. Another man was also shot that night, but survived. The case appears to be a robbery, according to police, but officers don't have any leads.
"I haven't made any sense of it," said Allen. "I've forgiven [the person that did it], but I still want justice for my son."
His family says Chris had his life plans laid out in front of him and had met the love of his life. They had just seen him over Christmas, but say they're confident they'll meet again. "We'll see Chris again because we believe in God," said Allen. "This is not about vengeance. This is strictly about justice for Chris."
There will be a memorial for Chris on Friday. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.