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Police: NKU law student, mother killed in apparent act of self-defense

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The shooting of a Northern Kentucky University law student on Saturday was an apparent act of self-defense, the Cincinnati Police Department said.

Cierra Allen, 30, was found with gunshot wounds around 2:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of St. James Avenue, police said.

She was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she later died.

Police did not initially give details on the motive behind the shooting.

On Monday, CPD said preliminary information indicates Allen’s shooting was an apparent act of self-defense.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office says no formal determination has been made regarding the case.

The prosecutor’s office says they will review CPD’s file on the investigation and make their determination on how to proceed.

“While our office has had preliminary discussions with CPD, we have not received the file or begun our formal review process,” the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office tells FOX19 NOW.

Allen was a mother of two and in her third year at NKU’s Chase College of Law, University President Dr. Ashish Vaidya wrote in an email to students.

Dr. Vaidya wrote in the email that he was heartbroken to share the news of Allen’s death.

Allen’s death has left many who knew her grieving and with unanswered questions, like NKU professor David Singleton.

“We don’t know the facts at this point, but whatever the facts were don’t take away from who Cierra Allen was as a person and the person I got to know and I think it’s a terrible loss for this community,” said Singleton.

Ciara Mason also knew Allen.

She says Allen had a beautiful laugh and an amazing spirit.

“Most beautiful laugh, it could definitely light up a room, and her spirit, that was probably the best thing about her,” described Mason.

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