HOLIDAY — A Pasco deputy called Jessica Keith over the weekend and asked to meet her at a 7-Eleven. That's where she learned that her boyfriend, Kamar Allen, had been murdered, his body found in a ditch near Blossom Lake and Dartmouth drives.
"It's a big loss," Keith said. "I broke down crying."
She said Allen, 24, loved his family, enjoyed the anime world of Dragon Ball Z and was so into video games that he wanted to learn how to design them.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said his death was a homicide, but has not said how he was killed. Nor have they identified any suspects or a possible motive for the crime.
Last year Allen told Pasco deputies he was a member of the Bloods street gang. He also had a history of drug charges, including a 2008 bust in North Carolina in which he and three others were stopped in a car carrying $10,000 worth of heroin.
The officers found 500 small bags of heroin in the car, hidden among other places in a fake soda can and a fake hairspray can, according to an article in the Star-News in Wilmington, N.C. Allen, then 21, and the others were charged with trafficking heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin.
It's unclear what became of those charges. But the North Carolina Department of Corrections records show that prior to that incident, Allen served eight months in prison for drug possession. Allen had also been arrested in Tarpon Springs in 2006 on a larceny charge and again in Pasco County in 2010 on a possession of marijuana charge.
His latest arrest came in July 2010 in Pasco County, when Allen was accused of punching a 75-year-old man in a dispute over a stolen car.
Allen later told deputies he didn't know how old the man was and regretted hitting him, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.
Allen was released from Land O'Lakes jail in May after serving 10 months for that incident.
Keith didn't know much about Allen's past. He kept most of the details from her.
"He was trying to turn his life around," she said.
Allen moved to Florida about seven years ago, said his cousin, Jacquana Lucas. His grandmother and several aunts live in the area. Lucas said her cousin wasn't a hateful person and she can't imagine how he died.
"He didn't get to see 25," Keith said. "It's wrong. That's God's decision. I would do anything to bring him back. I want the person who did this to get caught."
Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report.