, Port Arthur, Texas

Local News

November 26, 2007

Holiday homicide victims identified

By Mary Meaux

The News staff writer

A 2006 Memorial High School graduate became the ninth homicide victim in the city of Port Arthur on Sunday.

Marcus Allen, 19, was shot to death inside Club Tiffany’s in the 1000 block of Houston Avenue on Nov. 25.

The young man had a promising future ahead of him; he had recently completed a job training course through the city of Port Arthur and was working at a local construction business, his aunt, Cynthia Sinegal, said.

“Marcus was very lovable. He was a football player for the Memorial High School Titans, he sang in the youth choir at Sacred Heart Church and was an usher at the church,” she said. “He was the type of child who would like to write poetry and had a couple of his poems published. He was very outgoing and never met a stranger even though he was generally a quiet child.”

Allen had recently purchased a car, his aunt said, and “had a lot to live for.”

Family and friends gathered at the Allen home to offer their condolences on Monday.

“He was loved, really loved,” Veronica McZeal-Allen, Marcus’ mother, said as a constant flow of mourners moved through the home.

Marcus Allen is the son of Alfred and Veronica Allen. He is survived by one brother, Corey Allen. Services are pending at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Port Arthur Police were called to Club Tiffany at about 1:37 a.m. Nov. 25 in reference to a shooting where they found the victim, Allen, lying outside the club. He was transported to Christus Hospital St. Mary where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police are also investigating a Thanksgiving Day shooting that led to the death of Enriques Salinas, 28, of Port Arthur. Police say at about 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 officers discovered Salinas lying in the parking lot at 6121 13th St., bleeding from a gunshot wound.

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