ALLEN, Thurston Yavari

Thurston Yavari Allen

Birth: October 8, 1995
Death: April 12, 2016


Thurston Yavari Allen was born October 8, 1995 to Carlisha and Thurston Allen in Enterprise, Alabama.

allen thurston yavari Thurston Yavari Allen 3At a young age he joined and attended Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Brundidge, Alabama. He attended North High School in Wichita, Kansas and was employed by Little Ceasars. He had a sweet spirit and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved his family and was a protector of his little sister, Zyesha. With the little time he had to spare, it was spent fishing, which he truly loved.

Thurston entered into his eternal home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

He was preceded in death by one sister, NaKiya Cherelle Allen.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his parents, Carlisha and Thurston Allen, Ozark, AL; his sister, Zyesha YaMari Allen, Ozark, AL; his grandparents, Coledia Simmons, Brundidge, AL; Arthur and Carolyn Griffin, Brundidge, AL; John and Barbara Holmes, Daleville, AL; Arbra and Patricia Allen, Wichita, KS; his aunts and uncles, James Walker, Daleville, AL; Hauns (LaKrisha) Allen, Andover, KS; Kywanna (Darryl) Roberts, Wicksburg, AL; Taya (Travis) Washington, Wichita, KS; Carmeta Wheeler, Troy, AL; Cecila Wheeler, Jacksonville, FL; Yvonne Oliver, Montgomery, AL; Vickie Ardis, Brundidge, AL; Michelle Griffin, Brundidge, AL; Martoddius Bailey, Brundidge, AL; Adrian Patterson, Brundidge, AL; Byron Gaynor, Brundidge, AL; Darryl (Kena) Gaynor, Las Vegas, NV; Eddie (Carolyn) Gaynor, Brundidge, AL; Michael (Marchell) Arnold, Brundidge, AL; Billy (Mary Ann) Arnold, Smith Station, AL; and Roderick (Arnella) Mullins, Las Vegas, NV; his long life best friend, Riley Allen, Hutchinson, KS; his godparents, Willie and Jean Gray, Wichita, KS; and a host of many cousins, other relatives and friends

Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Tennille, Pike County, Alabama, USA

Arrangements by Moor Chapel Funderal Home, Inc., (334) 335-3070,

Criminal Details
Press Release: Enterprise Police Department – April 12, 2016

On April 11, 2016, at 6:51 PM, the Enterprise Police Department responded to a shooting at Boulevard Apartments 1320 Rucker Blvd. Enterprise, AL. Upon arrival, EPD Officers discovered a male victim with two gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition at this time.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspect fled the scene driving a light in color compact car. The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20’s wearing blue jeans, red shirt, and black shoes. This is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

The Enterprise Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is conducting this investigation and asks that anyone with additional information to contact the Enterprise Police Department at (334) 347-2222 or leave us a tip at

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Valencia Jones – Undated

The number of shootings in Enterprise continues to mount, with the first April incident at the Daleville Lounge and the second on Flemming Street. Then, on April 11, 2016, a 911 call led police to the Boulevard Apartments, where the third shooting took place.

“When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a young male with two gunshot wounds. He was immediately transported to the hospital,” said Sergeant Billy Haglund with the Enterprise Police Department.

The victim was identified as Thurston Yavari Allen of Daleville, who died at the hospital hours later. A search is now underway for the suspect, who witnesses say drove away in a light-colored compact car.

“The suspect is described as a young black male in his early twenties, wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and black shoes,” Haglund said.

Haglund said the number of shootings is unusual.

“Usually, in the summertime, we have an increase in criminal activity. I think that’s nationwide. But, for this time of year, I think it’s pretty atypical,” he said.

There is no word yet on the relationship between the suspect and victim involved in the incident last night. The suspects in that case and in the Daleville Lounge shooting both remain at large.

“We’re working with other law enforcement agencies to try and apprehend the suspect from a previous investigation, and everybody in our investigation division is pretty much working around the clock to try and run down leads and follow up and interview witnesses,” said Haglund.

Anyone with information should contact the Enterprise Police Department at 347-2222. Anonymous tips can be submitted online at

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Valencia Jones – Dec. 12, 2016

Thurston and Carlisha Allen saw their son’s alleged killer face-to-face in court on December 12, 2016 for the first time.

“He looked at me smiling and laughing. How can you look at somebody’s mother that you have taken their child and smile and laugh like you have done nothing wrong,” said Carlisha.

Thomanta Jones is accused of shooting their son Yavari Allen back in April at the Boulevard Apartments in Enterprise.

Judge Chris Kaminski agreed to reduce Jones’s bond from $350,000.00 $75,000.00.

“[I’m] not pleased. I’m very upset, because he’s a menace. He’s just a menace to society, and I feel like the bond was too low, and he’s going to be out before the end of the day,” Carlisha said.

“I just can’t believe it. You know, you have somebody that’s got caught with drugs and fire arms and other cases, and you’re letting him out on the street,” said Thurston.

The defense attorney told Kaminski there was no confession and a gun was never found. The prosecution said there was no preliminary hearing confirming those findings.

“Judge Kaminski had not heard any of the facts that we believe to be evidence against Mr. Jones in assisting us in being able to prove his guilt, so the comments that Mr. Harrison made were a bit premature in that respect. The investigation is ongoing,” said Assistant District Attorney Josh Wilson.

Kaminski said he is not allowed to comment on the case.

“All I can do is ask God to put some kindness in my heart, because right now, the Bible says you can’t get into heaven with hate in your heart. I’m going to hell if I die today,” said Carlisha.

They’re hoping for a different outcome at the end of the trial.

“There’s still a God. It ain’t over. It’s a long way from being over,” she said.

Jones was still in custody at the Coffee County Jail later in the evening. If he is released on bond, the judge has required him to meet an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, with the exception of traveling to a job. He is also prohibited from making any contact with the Allen family.

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