Reward Offered After Mother Of Nine Killed In Grand Rapids

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jan 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-15 09:41:49-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the past month the Griggs family has been mourning the loss of Roybin Griggs, a wife, a daughter and a mother of nine children.

A lack of answers has prompted a local radio station to offer a $1000 reward hoping someone with information on who shot and killed her will come forward.

On December 14 in the 700 block of Prince Street, Roybin Griggs, 47, was home with her family when she heard a knock on the door. She looked out her kitchen window and was shot by someone standing on her front porch.

Now, a month after her death, there is a reward to collect information leading to arrest. Some of the Griggs family met at WYGR 94.9 FM.  They were called by Robert S. Womack, the station manager.

Bobby, Roybin’s husband, said that as days go by, the family needs all the support they can get.

“They are terrorizing our whole neighborhood, our whole community,” said Griggs about the rise in the number of homicides in Grand Rapids.  “If our community does not stand up and try to stop this, then we are sending a message out there that this is all right.”

Roybin’s son, Bobby Jr., said he understands why people are reluctant to come forward with information. “If I knew something, I’d be scared too, because at the end you don’t know what kind of retaliatory acts they will be doing,” said Griggs Jr.  “If they knock on the door and shoot people what can you really do?”

The lack of answers prompted Womack of 94.9FM to offer a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Womack is hoping other businesses or community leaders will offer similar rewards to help others like the Griggs family find closure.