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Doris Allison wears a shirt in support of homicide victims. 

Doris Allison serves Ward 6 on the Statesville City Council and organizes a scholarship foundation. She has also lost three relatives to violence and one to suicide.

Two brothers were murdered two years apart in 1992 and 1994. In 2015, her granddaughter died by suicide and eight months later her nephew was killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Allison has spent 27 years seeking justice for her brother Willie Allison, whose murder is unsolved. She also created a scholarship in memory of her granddaughter Tiara Allison who died by suicide in 2015.

“I wanted the memories of her to last. Not of what took her away but the memories, and how can we help the lives of other children because she had life. She wanted to be successful. Tiara wanted help. She wanted to help, and we were wishing to get her help,” Allison said. “We wanted other kids to see your life is worth living and saving.”

The Tiara Foundation creates several scholarships, one of which always goes to Statesville High School, which Allison attended. Students in other schools in the county receive the others.

This year was the second time the Allisons awarded scholarships in memory of Tiara. Students at SHS and North Iredell High School received the funds.

Allison said she cherished the opportunity to celebrate these children and share her granddaughter’s story.

“These children can take this and move forward, knowing it’s given in love,” Allison said. “I do it for love. I make something difficult into something worthwhile and meaningful. I do it because of love. It’s hard.”

As Allison was figuring out how to create a scholarship fund in 2017, she ran for city council because she wanted someone to represent her community. It was her third campaign.

“I had no intention of running for council. I was looking for someone to do it, and when the person who I thought was going to run, there was a conflict and they weren’t able to do it, I said ‘Who will best represent my ward?’” Allison said. “I said, ‘God, I can’t do this, but I’m going to try.’”

She added that the best advice she received the third time she ran was to just relax and have fun during the campaign. She enjoyed meeting and talking to people about concerns about the city.

Allison said she wanted to see a municipal service center built and Streetscape, a beautification project, extended into Ward 6 as well as general rejuvenation of her area during her term. She would also like to see improvements to the Bentley Center.

Though she is the representative for Ward 6, Allison said she cares about all of Statesville and residents’ needs throughout the city. In and out of council chambers, she wants to see growth, and when Allison sees people in need, she wants to find a way to help.

Allison said she was unsure if she wanted to run for reelection because she wants to focus more on her granddaughter’s scholarship and advocate more for suicide prevention.

Allison said anything she has accomplished has only succeeded because of the assistance and support she received along the way, and she’s grateful for those who have been helped her achieve her goals.

{span}”It wasn’t me alone,” Allison said. “It was the help and support of the community, family that guided me through this. The love of my granddaughter and the love of the people in my ward pushed me.”{/span}

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