Candlelight vigil held for murdered girl
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)On Thursday, the West Ashley community remembered a little girl shot inside her home as she slept one year ago.
Allison Griffor, 5, died from her injuries a couple of days later. To honor her memory, friends of the Griffors as well as complete strangers gathered near her former Pierpont Avenue home for a candlelight vigil.
The event was organized by Brittan Gotbeter, a West Ashley mother to three young children. Approximately fifty people attended the event with candles in hand.
"What we lost was the time, the beauty, the incredible energy of this little girl," said the Griffors' pastor, Paul Rienzo.
On October 25, 2011 someone shot through the Griffors' home, striking little Allison who would not survive.
"She's safely with God who she believed in," said Rienzo.
The anniversary is forever burned in the minds of neighbors including Debra Lancaster.
"It's a shame. It was a life that didn't have to end," said Lancaster. "I have three daughters and a stepdaughter and I could not imagine going on every single day without one of them."
Allison's father, William Griffor, did maintenance at Stephen Hoy's apartment.
"I don't see how we can tolerate this kind of violence," he said. "This guy was really a terrific person, he helped people out all the time. He spent all of his time with his family."
While not present, William delivered a statement through family friend, Richard Douglas.
"My family and I hope and pray that these criminal, these lost souls can find time to listen to God and repent," stated William.
With no arrests made, neighbors hope a young girl's senseless death doesn't go unpunished for much longer.
"I pray every single day that they get caught," said Lancaster.
Friends and neighbors say the Griffors are no longer living in the home that left them with so many bad memories and have since moved out of state.
If you have any information on this case, you're asked to contact Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.