Household of Charles Allen, Jr. protests exterior Utopia in Youngstown because it reopens


The protesters believe it is Utopia’s responsibility not to authorize weapons that night

by: Alexis Walters

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 / 10:26 PM EDT
Updated: April 9, 2021 / 11:15 p.m. EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday marked the first night Utopia has been open since a shooting last Friday that killed one man and injured two others.

About a dozen family members and friends of Charles Allen Jr., the man killed in the shooting, gathered in the front parking lot of Utopia from about 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Photo by Charles Allen Jr. courtesy of his mother, Aleesha Bell

They don’t want the bar to be open and protest because they want answers to Allen’s death.

His family members say they love him very much and want the people who killed him to be arrested. They want the violence to stop.

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“You allowed them to kill my son. I’ll be here every day until these guys are captured. The police know who they are. I’m going to close this club because they allowed guns here. They had security and security still let these guys bring guns to this club. I am closing this place in honor of my son, ”said Aleesha Bell, Allen’s mother.

“We hurt each other and kill each other … basically … over and over again when we should love each other, be there for each other,” said Tequie Clinkscale, Allen’s cousin.

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The protesters believe it is Utopia’s responsibility not to authorize weapons that night.

Utopia said it would rent the facility for an event and there would be security on the night of the shooting.

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The manager and owner of Utopia said the club would stay open for the night. At around 11 p.m. the front parking lot was empty. A few cars were in and out, possibly customers.