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Family of murdered mother, daughter want new law

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The Griffin family still feels the pain of losing Shatikey and Demiya Griffin as strongly as it did the day they died last September.

Police believe mother Shatikey and her daughter Demiya were shot and killed – allegedly by Shatikey's husband of only a month, Joseph Leonardo Smith.

Shatikey's mother Vickie Griffin said she blames police for their deaths.

"I think about it every day – my daughter and granddaughter are gone," Vickie Griffin said. "And they seem like they don't even care."

The Griffin family claimed there was a warrant out for Smith's arrest two days before Shatikey and Demiya Griffin were killed. The family claims Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told them the reason the warrant was not served earlier was because the unit that normally deals with warrants was gone for the weekend.

"How do you take a weekend off when there's fugitives running around every day. How do you take a weekend?" Vickie Griffin said. "To know that they could still be here with us, had they attempted to get him, it hurts."

A spokesman for Atlanta Police said that Turner has met with the family and sympathizes deeply with their loss, but has no further comment at this time.

The family hopes to get support from the state legislature for a bill called the Shatikey and Demiya Predatory Violence Prevention Act. It would require law enforcement to execute warrants as soon as they are issued and make criminal histories more accessible to the public.

Shatikey's sister Shelbey Griffin said that could have helped saved the two.

"If we put this law into legislation it could help other families, and they won't have to deal with this," Shelbey said.

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