Volunteers make bows to line Trooper Allen’s funeral route

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
The Mexia Civic Center was filled with volunteers, tables and what seemed like miles of ribbon Wednesday, as people of the community came together to make big blue bows to line the funeral procession of DPS Trooper Damon Allen Friday.
In the wake of Allen’s shooting death on Thanksgiving Day, many Mexia residents have expressed sadness, distress and a desire to do something to at least show their love and care for the man and his family.
The idea for making bows to line the funeral route originated with Trudy Cain, who saw Allen’s patrol car lovingly covered with bows at the Freestone County courthouse for a prayer vigil last Sunday.
“When I saw the Trooper car with the bows,” Cain said, “immediately I thought, ‘Well, we need to do that here.’ I saw his car parked on the highway, and I thought, ‘He’s our hometown boy; we’ve got to do something if we can honor him.’”

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