Elementary principal murder victim remembered by friends at Texas City vigil

TEXAS CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- Colleagues, friends and crime victim advocates gathered outside of a Texas City elementary school Friday to remember a principal who was the victim of murder-suicide earlier this month.

Erica Allen was shot to death on May 12 by her estranged husband before he took his own life, police said.

The vigil outside Heights Elementary School Friday was organized by Gina Matthews, a Texas City crime victims advocate.

The remembrance event included Texas City ISD Superintendent Dr. Melissa Duarte, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady and district administrator Nathan Jackson.

Jackson was Allen's predecessor at the school and will step back into his former role to lead the school in the interim.

Attendees wore red Heights Elementary T-shirts and displayed messages of prayers written on cut-out angels.

A sign on a school wall featured a portion of Psalm 121 -- "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord."

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GET HELP: If you need help getting out of a domestic violence situation, call the Houston Area Women's Center 24/7 hotline at 713-528-2121 or call AVDA at 713-224-9911. You can also click HAWC's live chat to reach an advocate online. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need help, call 713-528-3625.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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