• East Meck football player remembered 1 year after deadly shooting

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Family members gathered Monday night to remember a high school student who was shot and killed at a party one year ago.

    Chris Allen, 18, was a senior and and a football player at East Mecklenburg High School.

    [East Mecklenburg senior shot, killed]

    The community celebrated his life at a candlelight vigil held around a tree the family planted to honor Allen.

    [Man charged in East Meck student's death to appear in court Friday]

    The tree blooms in October around the time of Allen’s birthday.

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    His brother still can't believe he's gone.

     “You just saw him. You just said, ‘Goodbye,’” David Vincent Allen, Jr. said at the vigil. “Then he's just gone. Nothing you can do about it. Nothing you can say. It’s just weird, like a brick wall. You can just hit it.”

    Carlos Olguin, 23, and Allen got into an argument at a party in south Charlotte, police said.

    Olguin then shot Allen four times, killing him.

    Olguin was charged with murder. His next court appearance is in April.

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