Grieving mother wants answers about deadly Papa John's shooting

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Grieving mother wants answers about deadly Papa John's shooting

CREATED Oct. 29, 2012

MILWAUKEE- A grieving mother wants answers after a man shot and killed her son on the city's south side

Mark Frazier, the manager of a south side Papa John's, and his family have maintained for weeks the death of 24-year-old Joseph Griffin at a Papa John's was an accident.

Joseph Griffin's mom says she's not convinced by Frazier's story.  She thinks it's suspicious Frazier stashed his gun and told police Griffin died during a robbery.

"Tell me.  Give me closure.  I want to know," pleads Delois Griffin, Joseph Griffin's mother.

Joseph was set to fly home the day he died.  Hours before, he went to visit Mark Frazier at work.  Police say Frazier was showing Griffin a handgun, when it went off.

Prosecutors charged the man with reckless homicide, he now faces 25 years in prison.

Frazier's family says the man is sorry, and accidentally killed his best friend.

While Delois waits for answers, she wants Frazier to think about what he did and the son who will never come home.

"Every day I get up, and I think about Joe.  And every day, for the rest of his life, I think about Joe."

Delois Griffin is in Mississippi with her family, mourning the death of her son.

"I go in my closet and I cry every morning, because I know I'll never hear his voice again," says Delois Griffin.

Griffin and her family don't have the means to get here to Milwaukee, but Delois Griffin is convinced she'll find a way if this case goes to trial.  Mark Frazier will be back in court Tuesday.

A Milwaukee County judge recently lowered Frazier's bond to $10,000.  He's unable to pay and is still in jail Monday night.