Michael Grace Jr. was died from a gunshot wound he suffered while trying to rob a Pizza Hut. Grace was shot and killed by an armed restaurant employee, and his mother is upset. Temia Hariston, Grace’s mother, believe it wasn’t fair for the robbery victims to shoot her son, the robber. “If there was to be a death, it was not the place of the employee at Pizza Hut. That is the place of law enforcement,” Hariston told CBS News. “It was an act of desperation, but I do not believe that Michael would have hurt anyone,” she continued. “Why in the hell did this guy have a gun? This wasn’t a body shot. This was a head shot. My son was shot in the left side of his head just behind his ear. A headshot is personal.”

According to his parents, Grace was suffering financial difficulty and resorted to robbery to help provide for his own child. Grace was a former employee of the same Pizza Hut he was attempting to rob, according to Hariston.


  1. Seriously, the Pizza Hut employee should get a medal for protecting both himself and his employeer. I understand the lady’s pain, however, that does in no way excuse the actions of her criminal son. You play the robbery lottery, sometime you lose. I have no sympathy.

  2. It wasn’t fair to her son that she raised a criminal because she failed to teach him right from wrong. People have a right to defend themselves from criminals.

  3. Seriously? She didn’t believe he would have hurt anyone but she wanted the employee to take that chance? WOW!

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