Family of slain TJ Maxx manager speaks for first time

Published: May 29, 2015 6:18 PM EDT
Updated: May 30, 2015 1:28 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Six months after the brutal murder of a TJ Maxx store manager, the victim’s family is speaking out for the first time.

Alfred Griffiths was gunned down outside the TJ Maxx on Del Prado Boulevard in November.

Now, for the first time, his family is sharing their heartache.

It’s one of the more puzzling cases the Cape Coral Police Department has seen in years. No one seems to know who shot him, or why, but his sister believes karma will catch up to the killer.

The night of November 18, 2014, Griffiths, the longtime manager of the TJ Maxx store, had just stepped outside to take a break.

“Knowing my brother, his legs were tired, he had already put in a long day, and he was just taking a short break. Somebody else obviously had something else in mind.”

Police say a man approached Alfred Griffiths, pulled out a gun and shot him to death. The suspect has never been found.

In a new interview with Southwest Florida crime stoppers, Griffiths’ sister is breaking her silence about the man she loved dearly.

“Al did a lot for a lot of people, and that’s why I don’t understand why someone thinks it’s okay to take a life away like that. It’s not okay.”

To date, detectives have pursued more than 200 leads with no luck. The chances of finding the killer may seem bleak but police aren’t giving up.

“We will not stop until this case is solved and we find the person responsible,” said Det. Alisha McDonald.

Griffiths’ sister still has faith that police will find the man who killed her brother. She believes she and her mother will get the closure they so desperately need.

“My brother was my mother’s best friend. They did so many things together and now she’s at a loss.”

Cape Coral police are hopeful that a recent interview with Crime Stoppers will help generate additional leads in this case.

If you have any information that can help, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800- 780- TIPS (8477).