HAYWARD, California — A California dad out buying one last gift on Christmas Eve was savagely stabbed to death in front of his 4-year-old son after he asked two men to turn down the raunchy music they were listening to in the toy aisle of a Target.
Tyrone Griffin, 36, had darted out to make sure each of his four kids had an equal number of presents, relatives said.
Police say that as he walked down the toy aisle with his son, he asked two men, brothers Frankie Archuleta, 22, and Jesse Archuleta, 25, to turn down the lewd rap music they were listening to on their phones as there were children around.
A fight broke out and Griffin was stabbed, cops say. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he tragically died.
“Who would have ever thought these last minute gifts would cost him his life,” Nicole Simmons, Griffin’s girlfriend and the mother of his four kids wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. “What type of person would take a life in front of a child? My children are fatherless because of a thoughtless act of rage. Something that could have been totally avoided just by walking away.“
“My children wake up on Christmas Day. But their father was killed the night before and I don’t know what to say,” she continued. “How do I explain to my children that their father will no longer be coming home?”
Police arrested the Archuleta brothers shortly afterwards about a half mile from the scene. Both have been charged with murder. Their father told KRON-TV that his sons acted in self defense after being attacked by Griffin.