Christopher Griggs Wiki – Christopher Griggs Biography
Marita Harrell was helping 27-year-old Christopher Griggs with tutoring and support when he turned on her and attacked her with a large kitchen knife before burning her, according to police.
A pastor was allegedly stabbed and burned by a parishioner she was counseling. Her body was found by her distraught husband and daughter.
The 57-year-old pastor, a mother of two, worked at Connections @ Metropolitan Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The DeKalb County Police Department said Griggs killed Harrell at his home in the 1300 block of Panola Road on May 18, then dumped her body in a pickup truck in the 1600 block of Coffee Road and started a fire in an attempt to for destroying the evidence. Officers arrested Griggs on suspicion of murder and arson Thursday.
“It’s like a hole is there, my heart. It’s like an aching hole.”
Rev. Marita Harrell was found dead Wed. Christopher Griggs,27, is charged with her death. According to warrants, he stabbed the mother of 2 with a large kitchen knife and set her body on fire. More at 4/5/6. @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/bA5R86jYGc
— Zac Summers (@ZacOnTV) May 20, 2022
Harrell’s husband, Antonio Harrell, to whom she was married for more than 27 years, and the couple’s oldest daughter, Marae Harrell, went looking for her when she didn’t return home from their date Wednesday night. They tracked her cell phone to her location, where they made the horrific discovery of her. Marae Harrell fought back tears as she told Fox 5 News, “I saw her there. And I was still waiting for her to wake up to her, to open her eyes.”
Antonio Harrell told the news station that the family had become unsettled by some of the troubled men the pastor felt called to help. He said: “That was a point of contention between the two of us. All of us. We beg you to be careful, specifically with this gentleman. He called a couple of weeks ago.
She told me: ‘Antonio, God has put these people in my way, and I can’t, I can’t get away from them. The couple’s youngest daughter, Alyse, paid tribute to her mother, adding: “She is simply the best person I have ever met, and I am so lucky to have if she had been my mother.”
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia United Methodist Church Conference said, “I have been heartbroken to learn of the death of the Rev. Marita Harrell. It is a blow to our clergy family, especially as it seems who died” hand in hand with one she was helping. Marita was a friend and a shining light between us.
She prayed for her family, her church, and all who loved her. I am thankful that the Lord who represented her so well was with her in all things and accompanied her to her eternal home. May her Spirit comfort us who remain.”
Griggs is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond. He appeared before a DeKalb County judge during a virtual hearing Saturday to hear that he was charged with one count of felony murder and one count of first-degree arson. He is scheduled to have a bond hearing before a Superior Court judge next month.