HIGH POINT, N.C. – On Wednesday, family members of Vickie and Andrea Allen spoke out for the first time since the mother and daughter were killed at a gas station.
Both Shaleen Bradshaw, and her father Kenny Bradshaw, say these two women meant the world to them and to the rest of their family. They say they’re having a hard time coping with the shocking loss.
“You don't think it's going to happen to you but when it does, it hits harder than you ever thought it could,” said Shaleen.
Vickie and Andrea were both daughters, and mothers. Andrea, only 21, had two little girls of her own, and a fiancé.
“They were fun to be around, they loved to be with their family, they loved to just live their life,” said Shaleen, “You were always smiling and having a good time when you were with them.”
Fighting to hold back tears, the pair stressed the importance of their memories being more important than the tragedy threatening to overshadow their impact on the world.
“In just a split second…things can just happen and it just destroys so much,” said Shaleen.
That split second was a meeting at the Bizzy Bee Gas and Grocery in High Point. Police have charged Andrew Jackson Allen, Jr. with two counts of murder, and one count of attempted murder.
Now, there’s a memorial at the site, just a day after the horrific crime. The family hopes Vickie and Andrea won't be forgotten.
“Just love each other, family or not. And help out who you can, when you can. It would be a whole lot better place,” said Kenny.
The family asks for prayers, and for anyone interested to help fund the funeral arrangements for the mother and daughter. To bury two precious people is something they never expected to do.