‘It is a big loss’: Community remembers woman killed, allegedly by son, inside Dublin home

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities are working to piece together what led up to the moment where a son allegedly shot his own mother in Pulaski County early Wednesday morning.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 for a complaint about possible gunshots in the 5400 block of Shepherd Drive in Dublin.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found 58-year-old Deborah Reed Griffith — referred to by many as Debbie — dead inside the home with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Following her death, a number of people remember Debbie as a caring woman.

“I think it is a big loss to the community, to her friends and not just family, but loved ones that cared for her,” said Jackie Green, a community member who knew Debbie.

Many say they thought of Debbie as a woman who always stayed positive about everything.

“She always had a smile and a kind word. With her children, she seemed like she was a patient person. She was more patient with her children more than I ever was with mine,” said Green.

Debbie reportedly worked within Pulaski County Public Schools for 17 years — most recently, as an administrative assistant at Dublin Elementary School.

Parents stepped forward to share stories about the impact she had on their kids.

Front of Deborah Griffith’s house. (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

“I remember a specific incident where she tried to kiss Mrs. Griffth because she was so loving at age four, and I remember her saying, ‘save the kisses for mommy….save the kisses for mommy,'” said Sheena Johnson, whose daughter had Debbie in class.

Another parent, Angie Bennett, says whenever she and her daughter would see Debbie out in a store, her daughter would just run up to her and hug her.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney says Debbie’s son, 28-year-old William Tyler Griffith, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with her death. He is currently being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

Neighbors say violence like this is concerning for the community.

“It is a community of older individuals, but also a community with families and children. It’s not a bad part of Dublin, it’s a great part,” Johnson said.

Deputies have not provided information about what led up to Wednesday morning’s shooting, but they are continuing to investigate.

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