The family of Allison Griffor hope a kindly gesture this Christmas will ease the pain of spending another holiday without their little girl or answers as to why she was killed.
Anyone with information about the shooting death of Allison Griffor should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
The Griffor family, who lost the 5-year-old after someone shot into their West Ashley home in 2011, has since moved out of the Lowcountry. They buried Allison in Detroit.
But as the holidays approached this year, the family decided to do something on behalf of their daughter. They sent gifts to a little girl who was a friend of Allison’s and had gone to school with her.
Their son, Aidan, became pen pals with the child following his sister’s death and the Griffors have kept in touch with the girl’s family, Allison’s mother, Jennifer, said in an email.
“We can’t give (gifts) to Allison so we thought maybe we could do something nice for one of her close friends,” Griffor wrote.
Griffor said her daughter loved her friends. During bedtime, Allison would tell her mother about how she would look out for her friends and pick them up if they fell down. “She was a great friend.”
Griffor said her family was particularly touched to learn her daughter’s former school, Drayton Hall Elementary School, had put up a tree in her honor this year.
Allison’s parents have thought about their daughter every day since her shooting on Oct. 25, 2011. “We are moving forward as best we can,” Griffor wrote.
Allison also remains on the minds of detectives with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, who continue working to find her killer or killers. “It pulls at your heart strings,” said Sgt. Derek Boyd, a detective investigating the case.
Investigators hope someone, perhaps with a minor role in the crime, will come forward in exchange for possible leniency. Sheriff Al Cannon made that clear during a press conference in October where he said that the first person to provide details about the case could get a deal.
“When whoever down the road talks to us about it, then we’re going to go after you (the others) with the max. Then it’s too late to talk to us. Then we don’t want to talk to your lawyer,” Cannon said during that conference.
Investigators seem convinced the little girl was not an intended target and said they think those involved in the shooting mistakenly believed there were drugs at the home. Cannon also indicated they believe they know who’s involved and said some of those people are behind bars for other crimes.
Someone kicked in the front door of the Griffors’ home on Pierpont Avenue at about 1 a.m. As Allison’s father, William, walked toward the door, shots were fired into the house. Several buckshot pellets went through the door and a wall into the room where Allison slept. She was hit in the head in the room she shared with her two brothers. Allison died two days later at Medical University Hospital.
“We’ve been taking it moment by moment, trying to stay very busy. It is still hard to believe that someone would shoot blindly into anything, let alone at the voice on the other side of a random stranger’s door,” the Griffors said in a statement following the one-year anniversary of her death earlier this year.
Boyd also pointed out that anyone else with information could reap benefits with a reward if their tips lead to arrests in the case. Crime Stoppers, with a donation from a private citizen, is still offering up to $4,000.
“Any information would help strengthen or build the case,” Boyd said.
Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.