Griffor family still dealing with grief following child's death
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Months after 5-year-old Allison Griffor was shot as she slept in her bed, Richard Douglas, a family friend, admits the Griffor family still has no answers.
This came just a day after Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon told ABC News 4 that federal authorities are involved with the investigation.
"It is nice to know that they have some kind of interest played into this," Douglas said. "It'll be kind of nice to turn this into a bigger manhunt. This is serious. We do have a child killer still among us and we need to find him."
Since October, Richard Douglas has served as the voice for the Griffors, a family who fell victim to violence when someone fired shots inside their Pierpont Avenue home. William Griffor was struck in the arm; however, his injuries were not life threatening. His daughter, Allison, died three days later at MUSC.
"Their whole life has been turned upside down and they are lost right now and their lives, they don't know what the next step is, where to go, what to do," said Douglas.
This real-life nightmare has also taken its toll on Allison's older brother.
"He just started finally going to the bathroom on his own. He wouldn't go to the bathroom by himself. He still won't sleep in his bed," Douglas said.
Douglas says that William and his wife have been unable to find stable work. Over the last few months, he's helped to raise about $50,000 dollars in donations for the Griffors. They're also relying on family support.
"We are always still working on raising more money but in this economy, it's difficult to get money out of people's pockets when it's hard enough putting gas in their cars," said Douglas.
After the shooting, the Griffors left South Carolina. Their new location is unknown at this time.
"They do wish to keep that private. They are in fear of their lives," said Douglas.
As for if they'll ever return to the Lowcountry, Douglas says that likely won't happen at least anytime soon.
"Knowing that their child's killer is on the loose in the area, they're just too scared to come here," said Douglas.
While Sheriff Cannon won't elaborate on the specifics surrounding the involvement by federal investigators in the case or people they're possibly looking into, Douglas is glad the search for a suspect hasn't ended.
"It feels good to know that Allison is not forgotten, nor her story, and that there's still attempts to catch her killers," said Douglas.
If you have any information on this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111. You can remain anonymous and even qualify for a cash reward.