Darian Trotter spoke to Ka’nard Allen about his trying year and his focus for the future.
“I’m happy because my child lived to see another year of his birthday,” mother Tynia Allen said.
Ka’nard Allen has plenty of reasons to smile.
At the top of his list is eleven years of life.
“Like my child is blessed, and I’m blessed to see my child see eleven because all that he’s been through,” Tynia Allen said.
Celebrating an eleventh birthday is not usually considered a milestone, but given the close calls Ka’nard has had it is.
The Uptown kid narrowly escaped fatal injuries one year ago today, when gunfire broke out at his birthday party.
Then, a bullet struck him in the neck.
Just weeks ago, he had another brush with death during a shooting that injured 20-people, at the Mother’s Day second-line parade.
That’s when a bullet grazed Ka’nard in the face.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter, asked, “Has that affected you at all?” “A little,” Ka’nard Allend replied. Trotter asked, “How so?” “Not functioning right,” Allen replied.
“Anger, runs through the house, stomping, jumping,” Tynia Allen said. “Balls his fists up, punches things.”
His mother says even though Ka’nard is receiving counseling she’s struggling to mask those traumatic memories.
“You have goals you need to reach, you play football,” Tynia Allen said. “You still have football ahead of you; you still have college ahead of you.” “Keep all that negative behind you and move forward.”
And that’s what Ka’nard is trying to do.
The community has rallied around him; sending him birthday well wishes, including gifts, and cash.
Trotter asked, “What do you think about that?” “That it’s great that they give me all good stuff,” Ka’nard Allen said.
Plans are in the works for Ka’nard to celebrate his birthday in style this weekend.
The Roosevelt Hotel is donating a night’s stay to Ka’nard and his family.
Ka’nard says he’s looking forward to a limousine ride and swimming in the hotel’s pool.
A Ka’Nard Allen Benefit Account has been set up at Whitney Bank. You can make donations at any branch location; or you can send a donation by mail to:
Tynia Allen, 2238 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113