by Paul Logan, Albuquerque, NM Journal Staff Writer
formerly of Albuquerque, was trying to decide what to
do with her life after graduating from high school earlier in the
her family said.
Campbell, of the
New Orleans suburb of Metairie, La, ws considering
several careers, including acting. But a tragedy on Sept. 22
ended that dreams of the popular girl.
A teenage girl
stabbed Campbell in the chest with a knife while they
were fighting over a boyfriend on a Mississippi River levee,
the The Time-Picayune.
Campbell, 18, died at Ochsner Foundation Hospital on Sept. 22 and
was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries
in New Orleans.
service was held on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2002 at Tharpe -Sontheimer-Tharpe
Funeral Home, Metairie.
More than 200 of Campbell's classmates were among those who
attended the funeral service on Sept. 24, said her uncle, Rick
Stoneking, of Tijeras.
"It was amazing," he said.
Born in New
Orleans, Allison Claire Campbell, later came to Albuquerque and
attended Petroglyph Elementary and LBJ Middle school, he said.
Campbell moved to
Louisiana to live with her father about four years
ago, Stoneking said. She graduated with honors from East
"She was a doll" he said. "She was absolutely
gregarious. She filled a room. She was very confident."
that his niece was also a "go-to person," meaning people
sought her advice because of her language skills and her
intuitiveness. Campbell came from a family of talented
artists, including her mother, Marcy Boucher Stairwalt of
Albuquerque, Stoneking said.
Her father, Mike
Campbell of New Orleans, is a director for a video production
company, Stoneking said, so Allison came by her talent naturally.
17, a senior at Grace High School in Metairie, was
charged with second-degree murder, according to the Times
Other survivors include stepmother Patricia Campbell of New
stepfather Bill Stairwalt of Albuquerque, sister Lindsay Campbell
of Metairie; stepbrother Christian Silbernagel of New Orleans, and
Dierdre Boucher Stoneking of Tijeras. She is also survived
by many loving cousins and her dear high school sweetheart,
Christopher Bergeron. Allison will be profoundly
missed by all who knew and loved her. She promised before
her passing that she would always be only a prayer away.