Wednesday , May 22 2024

Friends and family mourn Molly Griffin

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Tonight, family and friends mourn the loss of a young Fresno woman, as they pray for the recovery of another.<br /><br />Molly Griffin, 23, was killed in a DUI accident over the weekend. Police say she was driving near Cooper River Drive and Friant Road when a drunk driver crashed into her.<br /><br />Molly’s passenger, Emily Krieghoff, was hospitalized in critical condition.&nbsp;We spoke to those who know the young women about the tragedy.<br /> <br />So much life ahead of both of these young women, one who is now gone, the other fighting for her life.&nbsp;Though distraught and heartbroken by this, family and friends say they’re relying on memories, forgiveness and faith to get through this.<br /><br />&quot;It’s brutal you know grief kind of comes in waves,&quot; D<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">oug Griffin, Molly’s dad said.</span><br /><br />Through his pain, this father forgives.<br /><br />&quot;I can forgive a young man who made a tragic error in judgement that so many others have made,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Doug&nbsp;</span>Griffin said.<br /><br />Saturday night Doug Griffin’s 23-year-old daughter, Molly, was killed during a DUI accident. Her passenger and best friend, Emily Krieghoff, was severely injured and is still at CRMC in critical condition.<br /><br />&quot;Emily and Molly were like two peas in a pod,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Doug&nbsp;</span>Griffin said.<br /><br />The girls were inseparable during high school, both graduated from Fresno Christian in 2009, Emily an outgoing basketball player.<br /><br />&quot;Just a spark plug she would go and go,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Robert Foshee, a Fresno Christian High teacher said.</span><br /><br />And Molly, known best for her friendly spirit.<br /><br />&quot;A really sweet girl she always went over and beyond,&quot; Foshee said.<br /><br />News of Molly’s tragic passing brought heartbreak throughout campus.<br /><br />&quot;We know that she’s with Jesus right now and because she’s in a better place but we still miss her,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Sharon Scharf, Fresno Christian High School teacher said.</span><br style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;" /><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;"><br /></span>Police say 23-year-old Hector Castillo-Pichardo was driving drunk when he crashed into Molly’s SUV, killing her and a passenger in his car.<br /><br />The Griffin’s pastor, Shawn Beaty, says it will be tough to say goodbye.<br /><br />&quot;The family right away even in the midst of their grief said you know this is not going to be a sad event we’re going to celebrate the gift that Molly was to this world,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">Beaty, from Clovis Hills Community Church said.</span><br style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;" /><span style="font-size: 13.3333330154419px;"><br /></span>But Molly’s memory will live on through a scholarship fund set up in her honor for the Fresno State’s Nursing Program, the program the RN graduated from last year.<br /><br />&quot;Molly was an incredibly passionate person and I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than what really tooled her for a life and a profession that she loved,&quot; Doug Griffin said.<br /><br />A celebration of life for Molly will be held at Clovis Hills Community Church this Saturday at 10 a.m.<br />We also got an update on Emily and while she is still in critical condition, we’re told her outlook is very positive.<br /><br />Angela Greenwood reporting.<br /></div>

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