Derrick Griffin, minister, arrested in Kristopher Miller's shooting death

Categories: Homicide Files

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Kristopher Miller was a popular North High staffer.
Minneapolis police have arrested 40-year-old Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church on the city's north side, in connection with Kristopher Miller's shooting death early Tuesday morning.

Griffin, who is the son of the church's senior pastor, Jessie Griffin, is being held without bail at Hennepin County jail, but he hasn't been charged yet.

Miller's death is a huge blow to an already struggling North High School. The 27-year-old man graduated from North in 2002, earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and then returned to the school to work as a coach and informal dean of students, helping to keep kids pumped up, in school and out of trouble.

His mother, Mardella Milton, is a former Minneapolis elementary school principal and friend of schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. He was related to the late Richard Green, a former North principal who later was schools superintendent in Minneapolis, and later in New York City.

Police found him dead in front of his home just a few blocks from North.

Shooting Location: 1116 Irving Ave. N.

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Previous 2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Keontrell Govan, 18, died the day after he was found shot in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis on May 4. Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged with second degree murder in the case.

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this is terrible. Killed by a minister, good luck getting forgiven for that preacher man.


I was just speaking to KC the other night - we were laughing. It is such a shame. God bless his family.


something has got to give. I just don't understand how there isn't any value towards life


We are all forgiven if we ask, trust  and believe.  Just because he is a minister does not make him perfect.  Jesus was and is the only perfect man that has and will ever walk in this earth. God loves the sinner as He loves you.  We all come short of His glory and this is why He went to the cross to die for our sins.  Ministers, preachers, pastors, etc., are human.  I am not excusing what he did, he had no right to take another life, yes he has to answer to God but who are we to judge! It is a tragic.  Also, God is not a God of luck.  He is a God of blessings.  His thoughts are not like our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.  He has unconditional love for us.  My heart goes out to the family, friends and loved ones to both of these families.  Two families are hurting.  My heart goes out to all that are grieving.  Its normal to be angry. Don't judge, because the same thing you are judging him for will be reversed in your life.  Its a blessing that people are not our judge!  Thank God For JESUS!!!


He should be charge with 1st degree murder, I think kim knew what her hubby was capible of doing... Her background ain't no better long wrap sheet including murder herself so keep in mind that we all are not perfect... Smdh!


Let us keep in mind. This man was arreted, not charged, tried or convicted. I know we are Guilty until proven Innocent, but come on you are all taken on he roll of judge and jury. Amen to what Abbey said. 


Looks like Kim should be charge as well playing both men and calling and texting Derrick before the murder.   ........People should check out her arrest record.. 

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