California Father Fatally Stabbed In Front of Son While Shopping for Toys on Christmas Eve After Asking Two Young Men to Turn Down Vulgar Music

(PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB VIA CBS SF) The late Tyrone Griffin Jr., 36, and his family.
(PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB VIA CBS SF)
The late Tyrone Griffin Jr., 36, and his family.

A father shopping for last-minute gifts on Christmas Eve at a Hayward Target store was stabbed in front of his young son, a family member said Tuesday.

The victim, identified by the mother of his four children as Tyrone Griffin Jr., 36, of Hayward, reportedly had a confrontation with two suspects inside a Target store at 2499 Whipple Road shortly before the stabbing.

Police were called to the Target at 8:02 p.m. Saturday and found the victim on the floor with at least one stab wound. He was taken to Eden Hospital in Hayward, where he later died.

Just after 8:45 p.m., police arrested two men, identified as Hayward residents Frankie Archuleta, 22, and Jesse Archuleta, 25, just over a half-mile north of the Target in the 30000 block of Industrial Parkway Southwest. They were booked into Hayward City Jail on suspicion of murder.

Both men were in custody at Santa Rita Jail Tuesday evening without bail. Frankie Archuleta has a 9 a.m. arraignment hearing at Oakland’s Wiley W. Manuel courthouse, county records show.

“Who would have ever thought these last-minute gifts would cost him his life?” said Nicole Simmons, his girlfriend and mother of Griffin’s four children.

Griffin had gone to the store to buy presents for his children, “whom he loved dearly,” Simmons said. She described him as always going big for the Christmas holiday, making sure the tree was just right, that the lights outside the house were brighter than the neighbors across the street, and that his kids had plenty of gifts.

“Christmas will never be the same for us,” Simmons said on Tuesday.

She said she finally mustered up the courage on Tuesday to tell her two youngest children, ages 4 and 5, that their daddy is gone. All four of their children, the oldest of whom is 12, don’t understand what happened.

“My daughter asked me, ‘Mom, is that why you keep crying?’” Simmons said.

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SOURCE: East Bay Times
Angela Ruggiero