Drill team member, freshman among victims of shooting rampage

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by TERESA WOODARD / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

DALLAS -- Posted about one year ago, video on YouTube of 17-year-old Tasmia Allen shows the teen giggling with girlfriends.

The video shows a happy teen enjoying life as teens do with friends. Wednesday night, too many teenage lives were forever changed at the hands of one accused shooter.

Just days before her first day of senior year was to begin, Allen was one of the first to die in connected shootings Thursday morning at two North Texas homes.

"She makes people laugh a lot," said classmate and friend Michael Narcisse. "She's very sweet and her smile is just adorable, ain't seen nothing like it."

Allen was co-captain of the Duncanville High School drill team the High Hats.

Her mother, 43-year-old Toya Smith, was also killed inside their home, where Dallas police returned Thursday night as they executed a search warrant. According to authorities, the shootings were an act of domestic violence.

An incoming Duncanville High School freshman, Smith's 14-year-old son, Storm Malone, was also shot during the rampage and is listed in critical condition.

Allen's friend, Dasmine Mitchell, of Houston, was staying with the family for the summer. She was injured in the shooting and underwent surgery. However, police said she was alert enough to talk with investigators.

Police identified Smith's ex-boyfriend, Erbie Bowser, as the suspect in the shootings. Family members said they had a long, rocky relationship, much like that described of his relationship with his estranged wife, Zina Teal-Bowser, who was also killed that morning.

Outside Teal-Bowser's home in DeSoto, shattered glass and broken out windows were visible Thursday night. Teal-Bowser and her daughter Neima Williams were found dead inside the residence Thursday morning after police received a 911 call from 13-year-old Chris White. Police said the pair were also victims of Bowser, who is also accused of wounding two of Teal-Bowser's sons, including White.

Williams was afraid of Bowser, according to the father of her 3-year-old son.

"She didn't like him at all," said Jamaree Johnson, the toddler's father. "Didn't want her mother messing around with him no more. She used to tell me she didn't want the baby over here with him."

The toddler, Collin Williams, was also inside the DeSoto home at the time of the shooting but was not injured. Teal-Bowser's sons, 11-year-old Miles White and 13-year-old Chris White, were critically wounded.

"[Bowser] deserves what he gave them," Johnson said. "Treat him just like they were treated. That's what he deserves."

Tasmia's classmate predicted a tough year for seniors at Duncanville High School.

"We're going to get through it together," Narcisse said. "Me and the class of 2014. She had a smile on her face so we can do the same thing."

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