JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Allen went missing during a dive with his father off the coast of Folly Beach on July 12. The county coroner identified his remains two weeks ago.
More than 400 people turned out at the high school Sunday to remember the life of the 18-year-old. He had just graduated high school and planned to attend The Citadel in the fall. Sunday's ceremony included speeches from friends and family who described Allen as wild, fun and full of energy.
Allen was a captain of the James Island Charter High School football team and Sunday's celebration included highlights from his playing days and tributes to his time with the team. His uncle says football was important because of how it transformed the high school student's life.
"That's where his leadership started, and I guess it kind of led him down a path he had with his friends and family towards that leadership goal that you all saw being presented today about how he was always a friend to everybody," Robert Allen, Tristen's uncle said.
The "All That is Number 41" fund was created to help in the search for Tristen Allen. The fund has raised almost $27,000. The money will now be used to support charities Allen was active in including student faith missions, Young Life, and James Island Charter High School athletic programs.
"He's brought this island together," Robert Allen said. "It's all about the island, and it's not just about one person. It's friends and family and the group that has been brought together, come together.