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Cracker Barrel Shooting Victim Released to Hospice

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — What started as a story of survival has taken a tragic turn, as the only victim to survive a deadly shooting at a local Cracker Barrel, is moving to hospice care.

The family of Kayla Allen, 10, released the following statement Friday to explain:

“Kayla has taken a turn for the worse and has been released from MetroHealth Medical Center to the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We would like to thank the community for their continued support, as well as the staff at MetroHealth for the wonderful care they have provided to Kayla and our family during this difficult time.”

Kayla was hospitalized on April 12, after her father opened fire inside the Cracker Barrel on Tiedeman Road. Since then, her condition has wavered from critical to fair to serious.

The shooting killed Kayla’s mother, Katherina, and sister, Kerri. Her father, Kevin Allen, was fatally shot by police when he refused to drop his weapon.

The heartbreaking news comes just one day after several area Bob Evans restaurants held a fundraiser to help the little girl, donating 15 percent of its proceeds to the Kayla Allen Benefit Fund.

A posting on a Facebook page dedicated to Kayla Allen said the family made the difficult decision to transfer Kayla to hospice after “extensive discussions with doctors and long, prayerful consideration.”

The message also stated that an announcement would be made on Monday regarding the future of Kayla’s benefit fund.