Michael Orlando Grigsby, 34
Michael Orlando Grigsby, a 34-year-old black man, died from blunt force injuries on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the 3700 block of E. Avenue R12 in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Grigsby was hanging out and drinking with a group of people in the neighborhood, said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson.
As the evening progressed, Grigsby became intoxicated and was disrespectful to some women in the group, Rosson said.
One woman’s teenage son and adult nephew confronted Grigsby, Rosson said, and an argument escalated into a fight. During the fight, Grigsby fell and struck his head on the concrete, Rosson said.
He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness, Rosson said. Grigsby was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:13 p.m., according to coroner’s records, which listed his death as a homicide due to blunt force injuries.
Investigators detained a 16-year-old and Shevese Atture Bracamontes, who is 21, on suspicion of murder, Rosson said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Bracamontes, who is black, with murder on Sept. 15. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 4 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Lancaster, according to court records.
The 16-year-old, who is also black, was charged with murder, Rosson said, and is being held in juvenile detention.
Grigsby was married with two daughters and a stepson, according to a fundraising account established to help pay for his burial.
“If you knew him, you knew he was cool with everyone,” wrote Tosha Avant, who started the account for Grigsby’s wife. “He had the most wonderful personality with the smile to die for.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.