In Memory

Bro Griffith

Excerpt from his Myspace page:  This is a Memorial page for the loving memory of Bro D. Griffith who was born on May 21, 1971, and passed away on February 14, 2000 at the young age of 28. Bro was a loving father of two daughters Kayla, and Rachael, and son Kacey, a GREAT brother to his sisters Carey, and Jessi, and brother Lil David, an awesome son of Maggie, and Steve. Bro had TONS of family, and friends who loved him to pieces!! If you knew Bro, you would NEVER forget him... Not only because of his name which he would let you know that he's the only "White Bro" you know, but because of his silly sense of humor, kind heart, warm smile, and loving eyes!! Bro was the life of every party or event, and no matter what... If you were having a bad day, and Bro came around... Your day would turn around for the better because he would put a smile on your face with just his presence!! He had that effect on EVERYONE, and even if you were upset with him about something, it wouldn't be for long!! Bro meant so much to everyone who knew him, and is missed, and loved so much by us all!! He had a nick name for everyone, and I myself don't know how he would come up with all of them, or even remember all of the names he gave people!! lol... There is so much I could say about Bro D, but there is not enough time in a day, week, or month to say it all let alone enough space in this area to say it all, but if you have any favorite moments with Bro, or a story to share... PLEASE leave a comment so we can all rewind time, and think back to the "Good'ole days". 

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08/22/08 05:45 PM #1    

Cassandra King (Jones)

I ran across a myspace page dedicated to Bo.

10/29/08 11:55 PM #2    

Diane Sullivan (Alexander)

Here is his myspace page:

11/11/08 01:08 AM #3    

Elizabeth Laird (Orban)

Found this article about Bro's death in the Indy Star:

Investigators believe suspect shot himself after leading officer on chase through neighborhood.
Indianapolis Star, The (IN) - Tuesday, February 15, 2000

A man was critically injured Monday in an early evening shootout with police. But the officer involved and police authorities say the gunman's only wound was self-inflicted.

Bro D. Griffith , 28, 6800 block of Kellum Drive, was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound to the head. Five hours after the shooting, he remained in critical condition as homicide detectives tried to piece together details of the Southside confrontation.

Sgt. Matthew Steward, an Indianapolis Police Department spokesman, said the incident began about 6 p.m. with a 911 call reporting a man with a gun in the 2800 block of Spruce Street.

IPD Patrolman Mark Spears, the first officer to arrive on the scene, saw the armed man, stopped his patrol car and approached. The man, said by Steward to have been trying to sell a firearm to another man, fled, prompting a foot chase that led Spears north on Spruce.

Within moments, Steward said, the man opened fire on Spears, and the policeman returned fire at a vacant lot between two apartment buildings. Steward said neither man was struck in that exchange of gunfire.

As the chase proceeded, Steward said, the assailant jumped a fence at the end of the block and emerged in the 1500 block of East Gimber Street, where neighborhood residents had already heard the shots.

"I was mad because he was running in my yard," said Debra Vela, a Gimber Street resident who said the man hid behind a tree in her front yard as a patrol car drove by in response to Spears' radio call for help.

"I was going to go out and knock him down as he ran by, but I saw the gun," she said.

Moments earlier, Vela had warned her 13-year-old daughter to get down after hearing the initial gunfire. Seconds later, she said, she spotted the armed man and watched him as he first hid in her yard and then continued running.

The chase ended in the side yard of Willa Parks, another Gimber Street resident. Parks, a widow who lives with her son, said she did not see exactly what happened in her side yard because she was hiding.

"My son told me to get down. It was terrible," she said.

Spears told authorities that he found his assailant lying in Parks' yard with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and holding a small-caliber gun. While radioing for an ambulance, he also called for a representative from the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86.

It was unclear late Monday whether Spears had yet talked to IPD homicide investigators assigned to the case.

Although Vela reported hearing two or three shots about the time the armed man went down, Stew ard said only one bullet was fired at that moment -- and that it came from the man's handgun.

Investigators said they would continue compiling evidence, adding they expected it to confirm Spears' account and the man's attempted suicide.

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