Reward offered in case of boy stabbed to death at South Bay birthday party


CHULA VISTA, Calif. (CNS) – Authorities Thursday announced a $6,000 reward for information in connection with the January stabbing death of a teenage boy during a fight at a birthday party in Chula Vista.

Devin Griffiths, 15, was at a birthday party on Maria Way near East L Street when a fight between two other teens broke out around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, according to Chula Vista police.

At one point during the fight, Griffiths — who was not initially involved in the argument — jumped in to help a friend who was being attacked by several young men, police said. Griffiths was then stabbed multiple times in the upper body and fell to the ground.

He was taken to UCSD Medical Center, where he died on Feb. 16.

The group of suspects fled in at least two unknown vehicles.

Investigators were attempting to contact all attendees of the party to gather information on the suspects.

Devin Griffiths poses for a photo with his father. Griffiths, a 15-year-old Helix High student, was stabbed to death trying to protect a friend in a fight at a South Bay birthday party, according to police. (Photo courtesy of the Griffiths family)

The suspect group consisted of roughly eight to 15 people, mostly young men but also several women. They were all described as white or Hispanic and believed to be between 17 and 20 years old.

The victim’s family has pledged a $5,000 reward, in addition to a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information, video of the fight or working exterior cameras in the 900 block of Maria Way was asked to call Chula Vista police at 619-691-5074.

Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888- 580-8477 or visiting their website.

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