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, the young girl's life was cut short at the hands of one accused shooter, according to police.

Just days before her first day of senior year was to begin, Allen was one of the first to die in connected shootings that left four dead and four others wounded 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 in the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail, 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, 17-year-old 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.

"Mitchell was asked if she knew who shot her and she stated it was 'Erbie,'" read an affidavit for Bowser's arrest.

The affidavit said Mitchell was able to identity 44-year-old Erbie Bowser, Smith's ex-boyfriend, as the suspect in a six-photo lineup. The report said investigators recovered cartridge casings inside the Dallas home that matched those fired in the crime and also found Bowser's personal belongings, including "clothing, shoes and jewelry," inside Smith's bedroom.

Family members said the Smith and Bowser had a long, rocky relationship, much like that described of his relationship with his estranged wife, Zina Teal-Bowser, who was also fatally shot Wednesday night.

Outside Teal-Bowser's home in DeSoto, shattered glass and broken-out windows were visible Thursday night in the 100 block of Galleria Drive. Teal-Bowser and her daughter Neima Williams were found dead inside the residence Wednesday night 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."

Bowser was arrested at the second shooting scene in DeSoto. Dallas police charged him with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of capital murder. DeSoto police also charged the suspect with two counts of capital murder.


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