Exclusive: Houston man loses daughter in Dallas-area shooting spree

August 9, 2013 2:15:20 AM PDT
A Houston father coming to grips with the murder of his daughter in Dallas. Police say his daughter and her mother were among the four people allegedly killed by a former teacher.

Police arrested Erbie Bowser Thursday night in connection to that attack. Police say he shot eight people at two different homes in the Dallas area. Among the people who died was 17-year-old Tasmia Smith Allen.

Aaron Allen says he's very proud of his daughter and says she was an innocent victim in all of this. Now he's hanging on to the fact that something told him to call her on Wednesday. Now that conversation is what he keeps thinking about.

"I told her I loved her. She told me she loved me and the rest is up in God's hands," Allen said.

The girl who loved pink was always showing off her dimples.

"Always smiling and giggling," Allen said.

He says he's made it through the day by singing an old hymn. Every time he tears up. The news came around 4am.

"I'm just shocked that I'm not going to see her fulfill her dream," Allen said.

The 17-year-old was getting ready for her senior year at Duncanville High. She was an aspiring teacher and a captain on the dance team that performed during the Super Bowl.

"My worst thing is thinking that I won't get to see her graduate, I won't get to see her have kids. I won't be a granddad, that's my only child," Allen said.

Tasmia was killed while at her mother's Dallas home. According to her father, Tasmia's mother, Toya, had dated Bowser off and on.

"Your kids aren't safe on the school bus, the kids are not safe at the movies or whatever. Your kids not even safe at their own home," Allen said.

This Houston father says he's still in shock, and he'll go to Dallas to bury his daughter in the days to come.

And he has words for the man accused of killing his only child.

"I hope they put him in a cell with a bunch of dads," Allen said.

Bowser is facing murder charges.

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