Cops: 5 NM Murder Victims Were Teen's Own Family
Boy, 15, charged with killing parents, 3 siblings
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2013 5:21 AM CST
Bernalillo County authorities are stationed outside a home south of Albuquerque, New Mexico where two adults and three children were found shot to death.    (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

(Newser) – The two adults and three children allegedly shot dead by a 15-year-old boy in New Mexico were the teenager's own family, police say. The victims have been identified as respected local pastor, Greg Griego, his wife Sarah, and their children Zephania, 9; Jael, 5; and Angelina, 2, KOB reports. The couple's son, Nehemiah, has been charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death. Police believe the teenager used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Griego was well known in the Albuquerque area for his work with firefighters and for his years as a chaplain at the county jail, the AP reports. "Chaplain Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community," the local fire chief said in a statement. "His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed."

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Jan 21, 2013 11:22 PM CST
Just heard that this kid wasn't allowed to play any videogames or watch violent movies. NRA is going to have to come up with a different fall guy.
Jan 21, 2013 5:39 PM CST
Whose gun was it? The pastor didn't likely have an AR at home. Think about the slack in reporting - what might have been withheld by police, but certainly should have been asked by the press...and by us. We the People... on our way to NDAA 2012 detention camps, with (article 1032) no right to trial "for duration of hostilities." Bring your plastic harmonica
Jan 21, 2013 11:22 AM CST
"Police believe the teenager used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle". So? He could have just as easily used a shotgun, handgun, axe, knife or any number of other handy weapons. As is usual, we will see more emphasis on the types of guns used in future incidents as the debate over "assault rifles" continues. It is the same tactic used when SUV's were the target if disdain and hatred by the Liberal media, politicians and green groups. Even to this day when an SUV is involved in an accident, the report almost always says the SUV did the damage, not the driver. The really sad part in all of this is that all the gun control groups and advocates will politicize this tragedy for their own purposes.