Griffor family in 'agony' as anniversary of death approaches

Allison Griffor

By Eric

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's been nearly one year since the death of 5-year-old Allison Griffor.

Investigators say the little girl was sleeping in her bedroom in West Ashley when she was shot last year. She died three days later at MUSC.

Officials still cannot say who is responsible, but they will be saying something about the case on Tuesday. The Charleston County Sheriff will speak about the investigation, though new information is not expected.

Meantime, Allison's family and friends are still wondering why they lost their little girl.

According to Charleston County officers, Allison Griffor was asleep when shots were fired into her house last October. The shooting that killed the 5-year-old also wounded her father. His physical injuries would not compare to the emotional loss William Griffor suffered.

Griffor released a statement Monday that reads in part, "It's still not real. We've been taking it moment by moment, it's still hard to believe someone would shoot blindly into anything."

Family friend Richard Douglass will read Griffor's words at a vigil on Thursday, the anniversary of the shooting.

Since the Griffors moved out of Charleston, Douglass says he talks to them often.

"Every word I hear in their voice is full of the sorrow still. The agony is still there everyday. It's painful," said Douglass.

More of William Griffor's statement says, "Life is very short here, we need to make a choice today. I know all too well it may be the only choice we get. Tomorrow is not guaranteed."

Friends of the Griffors say the family left town after Allison's death, out of fear.

"It stunned everybody I think, everybody was kind of shocked. The neighbors were surprised, it could have been them," said Wayne Altman. "Knowing that somebody's out there running around, I could be the victim next time."

Sheriff's deputies say the shooting could have been random violence. No arrests have been made.

Thursday's vigil begins at 6:30 p.m. on Pierpont Avenue in West Ashley.

Tuesday's announcement will be at 1:30 p.m. at the sheriff's office in North Charleston.

If you have any information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.