’Justice for Jeremy’: Family searches for tips in 2017 Montgomery home invasion, murder

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 10:30 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - (WSFA) - The Allen family vividly remembers Father’s Day weekend 2017. They were preparing to celebrate when they got a phone call that would change their lives.

“It’s a phone call a parent never want to receive,” said Joseph Allen, “stating that he had got shot and we need to get to the hospital.”

Joseph Allen’s son, Jeremy Allen, 28, was shot and killed in his home on June 19, 2017. The scene at Eagle Landing Apartments on Eagle Circle was the start of a years-long nightmare for the family.

Jeremy Allen was one of five children. His father and siblings, including his sister, Shananitta Allen, remember him fondly.

“He was fun, loving. He was a protector, never got in trouble, was hard-working, loved his kids,” she said.

Like his parents, Jeremy had five kids in his own home. He worked at Applebee’s on Carter Hill Road. He was looking forward to spending time with his family that weekend.

“We had met up over my mom’s house, and he was so happy that his girls had got him a Father’s Day gift,” Shananitta Allen remembered.

The next thing she knows, she received a frantic phone call shortly after midnight. Her brother had been taken to Baptist South with multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Jeremy Allen was the victim of a crime shortly before his death, having been robbed in that same area on Eagle Circle. The night he was murdered, his family and investigators believe Jeremy was the victim of a deadly home invasion.

“For the past five years, it’s been empty. I try to be hopeful, you know, me and my family try to be hopeful, but for birthdays and holidays, it’s just empty. It’s not the same,” his sister said.

Years later, this case remains unsolved.

“If you know anything, just come out there because Jeremy was a good person, and we don’t want his life to be in vain,” Joseph Allen says of his son.

If you have any information on this case, call Central Alabama CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.

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