Wreck victim’s loved ones raise money for family, remember Dylan Allan’s life

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Friends and family braved Sunday morning's cold temperatures to celebrate the life of 19-year-old Dylan Allan, who died in a car wreck near Highway 67 in Priceville on January 4.

"Oh, Dylan was fun to be around," Allan's Friend Casey Barber said. "He was always a cut up."

On Sunday, his friends organized a bass fishing tournament at Ingalls Harbor to raise extra money for his family.

"It just kind of fell on my heart that I felt like I needed to do something for the family, and try to help them out," Barber said.

Twenty-two people loaded into 11 boats on the Tennessee River. They did it for Dylan, despite the cold.

"It's hard to get people out when the wind's blowing," Barber said.

Allen was so much more than a wreck victim. His friends say he was an avid sportsman, a good family member and a good friend.

"He was just one of them guys, just a good ol' boy is what you would call him," friend Kobi Mears said.

"I was actually with him the first time he killed his first spike, me and his step-dad took him and he killed his first deer with a bow," Barber said. "He was just always hunting and fishing, and he was just a joyful person."

"He never had any enemies," Mears added. "He'd be proud that we were fishing for him today."

Allan's family said they hope to host another bass fishing tournament next year as a memorial, but organize it for a different time of year when the weather is warmer.