Atlanta Lyft Driver Gunned Down and Killed During Evening Shift  

by Xara Aziz

The family and friends of Lauren Allen are still in a complete state of shock as they come to terms with the loss of their 31-year-old loved one who was killed moments after dropping off a passenger while working a shift as a Lyft driver Monday evening.

Police reports say Allen got into a dispute with the shooter who retaliated by shooting at her car multiple times. The suspect, identified as Lerelle Chatman, was shot and killed by authorities who arrived at the scene shortly after the dispute ensued.

“We’re going to miss her,” Allen’s father, Joe Sawyer told Atlanta News First.

Her father currently serves as a council member for an Atlanta suburb and said that he is grateful that he had the chance to spend time with her before her untimely death.

“She was the best daughter, I’m glad I got the opportunity to tell her that I loved her,” Sawyer said.

The Atlanta woman was the mother of three and recently moved out on her own to independently care for her and her children.

“She’s up there in Heaven doing what she loved doing down here, dancing,” Sawyer said.

Lyft released a statement to Allen’s family sending condolences and support to her family.

In a GoFundMe created for Allen, her family wrote that “this beautiful women of God whose spirit and energy was as bright and vibrant as the Sun, was senselessly and tragically gunned down while working for Lyft trying to provide for her family.

The statement continues: “Lauren was first a beautiful blessing and joy to her parents Joseph and Kim, then a hard working single mother of 3 beautiful children that she loved dearly. Our hearts are heavy. Many family and friends are mourning because of this shocking tragedy. Please help her memory and family with prayer and financial support for the funeral arrangements, and her beautiful children that she has left behind. God bless and thank you in advance.”

At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe has received over $38,000 in donations.

On Friday, her family held a balloon release at a local Atlanta park to celebrate her life. Approximately 200 people attended the vigil.

“I think we’ve all already cried so much,” Kim Sawyer, Allen’s mother told a local media outlet. “We try to be okay, but then it hits again.”

Her best friend, Nandi Solomon, also commented about her friend’s death, stating that they spoke shortly before she passed away.

“For her to hear my voice she knew she was not alone and the last thing she said to me was I’m okay,” Solomon said.

Allen is set to be laid to rest Tuesday.

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