Antonio Terrell Griffin was a kind-hearted barber, musician and father.
The 31-year-old Killeen man was killed last week inside his home, leaving scores of friends and residents who gather at the Rancier Avenue barber shop where he worked pondering how someone could kill a person who, by all accounts, had wronged no one.
Those friends gathered Wednesday night to remember Griffin. While listening to some of the hip-hop music he created, they held hands at a candlelight vigil and shared stories of the man they knew as G Style.
“He was my typical little brother,’ said Griffin’s sister, Shanelle Brown, who traveled to Killeen from California to see her brother buried. “I’m really sad that I couldn’t protect him.”
An unknown gunman killed Griffin on Dec. 6 inside his duplex in the 1100 block of Royal Crest Drive. Police are looking for a “person of interest,” 29-year-old Michael Maurice Cunningham, but have not named a suspect.
A man was in Griffin’s home along with Griffin’s girlfriend when the shooting occurred. She heard several gun shots about 2:30 a.m. while upstairs in the home. She then found Griffin shot multiple times.
“He liked everybody,” said friend Darcy Corcoran. “He would talk to a stranger on the street. He was always a caring person.”
About 40 friends and co-workers gathered at Platinum Cuts Barber Shop, where Griffin worked. Among them was John “Jay B” Brinson Jr.
Brinson said he would barbecue nearly every Sunday with Griffin. Between talk of the hip-hop music they created together, Griffin would brag on his favorite sports teams from his native state, the Carolina Panthers and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
“I’m still in disbelief,” Brinson said. “It bothers me a lot. I hope (the Killeen Police Department) is doing everything to bring his killer to justice.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the homicide to call Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477, go to www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com or text BELLCO and the tip to 274637.
All tips are confidential and can be made anonymously. A tip leading to an arrest may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Contact Philip Jankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7553