BANGOR – Some Beal College students held a vigil Monday morning honoring the life of a graduate of the school.
On January 9, Anielka Allen, who graduated from Beal in June of 2019, was allegedly killed by her 40-year-old husband Frederick Allen in their Newport home.
A spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety says state police are investigating it as a domestic violence homicide.
“The last thing that we want is for friends and family to feel guilty about Ani’s death, because again, one person is responsible for taking her from us,” said Casey Faulkingham, the community response leader for Partners for Peace. “It’s okay to feel all of those feelings, to feel sad, angry, guilty. We’re here to help people through all those feelings, whatever they are.”
Members of the school community said Allen was the type of person that would always lend a helping hand, and someone who everyone wanted to be around.
“Ani had a smile on her face. She would persevere. She went through a lot of different things, with her kids being sick or whatever, but she always made school a priority, and she knew that she’d finish it, she would be bettering herself going forward,” said Stephen Villett, chief operations officer at Beal College.
Police say Allen’s husband killed her, but they have not disclosed the cause of death.
Partners for Peace has a 24-hour helpline available for people dealing with domestic violence. That number is 1-800-863-9909.