A young couple and their 7-year-old son walked into a retirement community in Michigan on Saturday evening with floral arrangements in their arms.
When asked about the donation, William and Jennifer Griffor told people that they wanted their son to know that something kind can come from something terrible.
In Charleston, the Griffors relied on a family spokesman to protect their privacy and to handle the daily questions about their 5-year-old daughter's sudden, horrific death inside their home on Pierpont Avenue. But back in their home state, where they buried Allison on Saturday, they could walk into a nursing home without recognition and pass on the flowers from her funeral.
Sandy Lewis, who had been visiting her mother at the assisted living facility, didn't know the strangers but listened to their story: Someone had fired a gun into their home early in the morning, sending buckshot pellets through the door, through the wall and into little Allison's head as she slept in her bed.
Investigators continue the search for her killer.
Lewis wondered how these people could function, let alone think of other people, after all that they had endured.
"Before I could say anything he said he believed in God and His will and that his family would be fine," she wrote in an email to The Post and Courier.
When Lewis returned home that night, she searched online for more information and realized she had spoken with William Griffor.
"I would like you to know what an amazing person I think he is," Lewis wrote. "To have this horrible thing happen to his family and yet today he was thinking about making others happy."
Lewis said the family stayed at the nursing home only briefly, just long enough to drop off flowers with residents, and to thank them for accepting the gift.
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