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
Cops: New Mexico Teen Shot Own Family
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)

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." (Read more New Mexico stories.)

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