Anywhere else, it would have been just a yard sale where strangers with no connection to the sellers sift through clothing, stuffed animals and books.

But the feel Saturday morning at 1733 Pierpont Ave., the home where the Griffor family lived, was different. There, friends gathered to sell the family's remaining belongings, left behind when they went back to their home state of Michigan after 5-year-old Allison's shooting death.

A sheet of plywood was placed over the front door of the small white house, temporarily hiding the horror that took place there Oct. 25, when someone fired a shotgun into the West Ashley home. Several pellets of buckshot traveled through the door and through a wall, into Allison Griffor's head as she slept.

She died two days later. Investigators continue the search for her killer, and Crime Stoppers on Friday offered a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Community support for the family came early Saturday, before the sun gradually lit the darkness of the night before. By 7:30 a.m. more than 30 people had gathered at the home, even though the sale wasn't slated to begin until 8.

Some came to buy, some to donate their own items and some just to show support.

The sale's organizer, Sheri Gerald, said most of the people came from the Crosstowne Christian Church, where the Griffors were members. Others were parents from Drayton Hall Elementary, where Allison went to school.

By 8:30 a.m. Gerald said the group had already made $500 in donations and purchases.

Gerald said her 5-year-old daughter, Lacy, met Allison in church and that they also attended kindergarten together. She said Lacy had asked her if Jesus was Allison's father now.

"I said yes, that he was, but that he was only her father in heaven and that she still had her mother and father down here," Gerald said.

As the class's "homeroom mom," Gerald volunteered with the children regularly and helped plan events. She visited the children every day while Allison was in the hospital to show support and to help comfort the students.

When Allison died two days after the shooting, Gerald called each student's parents to let them know.

"Some of them were completely shocked because they didn't know anything about the story. Some of them didn't know that Allison was in their child's class. Some of them just broke down and started crying when I first told them. Some of them were following the story and knew what was going on," Gerald said.

"Everybody was very open, very sad and willing to do whatever they could to help out."

Michael Mekarski's 5-year-old daughter, Riley, also was in Allison's class. Mekarski said at the yard sale that his daughter introduced him to Allison Griffor on the first day of kindergarten by telling him, "Meet my new best friend Allison."

The parents had exchanged phone numbers but never made a play date.

Mekarski said his daughter was so moved by what happened that she decided to donate some of her own toys to the yard sale, including a Barbie cruiser. Riley drew a picture of herself with Allison and placed it inside the hood of the toy vehicle for its new owner to have.

While sifting through the Griffors' items for clothes for her 13-month-old niece, Nicki Register of Summerville found it hard not to reflect on the tragedy that their previous owners had endured.

"It's very sad to see the sizes," Register said, "and to know that there was a little girl that was in them, and she's now gone."