A couple found slain early Tuesday has been identified, and authorities are now trying to determine who killed them, and why.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Tiara Myers and Tyron Allen, both 25. The parents of two boys, ages 5 and 3, the couple was set to have a date night Monday and had sent their children to stay with grandparents.
Relatives said they aren’t sure whether that date ever happened, however, and the next they heard, the couple was dead.
“They were just lovebirds,” said Allen’s first cousin, Brandon Davis. “They had been together since middle school.”
Their bodies were discovered about 3 a.m. inside their home in the 3200 block of Balsam Avenue S.W.
Birmingham police and firefighters responded to the scene on a report of a house fire. Once at the home, they found the bodies of Myers and Allen, both of whom had been shot. The house was partially burned. Family said it appears Allen was shot at least once outside the home, and then dragged back inside. Myers was shot in the kitchen, up against the refrigerator. “They killed everything in the house that was moving,” a grief-stricken Davis said.
Both were pronounced dead on the scene at 3:31 a.m. Their burned vehicle, stolen from the home, found a short time later in the 3800 block of Felix Avenue.
Myers and Allen graduated from nearby Wenonah High School. Allen had worked at area warehouses, and Myers was in clothing retail. “They were in love with each other,” Davis said. “It was rare to see a family like that. Everything they did, they did together.”
Both little boys played in a youth football league, and Allen was an assistant coach for their team, Davis said. “He loved football and sports,” Davis said. “He was never in trouble. He rarely came out of the house. He was a Christian.”
Myers was a great mother and completely devoted to her husband, Davis said. “She was deeply in love with Tyron. She loved him to their death. She was very sweet.”
Davis said he doesn’t know why anyone would target the couple. Their house was burglarized about a week ago, he said, and numerous items taken including jewelry.
Birmingham police detectives were back out in the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, canvassing the neighborhood for possible clues and potential witnesses. No arrests have been made.
Davis said much of the family was at the house earlier in the day, but said the obvious reminders of what happened made it too hard to stay there. He said the family is taking it hard.
The couple’s 5-year-old son started crying when he saw Davis, which then made Davis cry again as well. “I told him he’s got to be there for his little brother, that’ it’s going to be a big responsibility,” Davis said. “Those kids will never see their parents again. It just hurts so bad.”