Sheriff: 'We're going to find the scum bag who did this to this little girl'
By Natalie Caulancaula@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Richard Douglas created a memorial for five-year-old Allison Griffor. She was shot at her Pierpont Avenue home on Tuesday at 1 a.m.
Douglas crafted a cross while Allison lay in bed, hooked up to life support this week. He brought it with him to announce the news of Griffor's passing on Friday at Waterfront Park.
"I personally chose this spot because it was Allison's favorite place to play downtown," Douglas said. "It's only fitting we give this news in a happy place she enjoyed, instead of the tragic place of her house."
Douglas has known the Griffor family since March and he has become the spokesman for the family, now grieving the loss of their daughter.
"These are their words, not mine," he read. "She went to be with the lord but she will forever be the biggest part of all of us. We are grateful for the five short years the Lord has blessed with us."
The Griffor's donated Allison's organs after spending the week at MUSC at her bedside.
"Even as we believe she is going to heaven, she is still able to save lives through donation. We always knew she was destined for greatness. We were just picturing a different way," the Griffor's statement continued.
Investigators have not named any suspects. Sheriff Al Cannon said investigators are looking at two nearby crimes and working to determine if there's a connection to the child's shooting, a reported drug bust on Catterton Drive and a home break-in on Dogwood.
At a press conference on Friday afternoon Sheriff Cannon saaid he plans to put pressure on people to talk. He called the crime a "freak occurrence" and "a tragedy."
"We're going to find the scum bag who did this to this little girl, and we'll do whatever it takes," Cannon said.
Cannon said his department plans to saturate areas and he has no doubt in his mind they will solve this case.
"Someone knows who pulled the trigger, and they'll come forward," he said.
The sheriff said those who don't come forward, who have information on the crime, will "go down with this individual."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.