2 Adults, 3 Children Shot Dead In Albuquerque; Son Arrested
ALBUQUERQUE (CBSNewYork/AP) — A teenage boy allegedly shot and killed his parents and three young siblings in a home near Albuquerque, police said Sunday.
The boy – identified by CBS affiliate KRQE-TV, Albuquerque as Nehemiah Griego, 15 – was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, as well as three counts of child abuse leading to the murder.
Officers came to a home in southwest Albuquerque after reports of a homicide shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday.
Upon arriving, police found an Nehemiah Griego’s parents — Greg Griego, 51; and Sara Griego 40 — and his three young siblings — Zephania, 9; Jael, 5; and Angelina, 2 — dead at the scene, KRQE reported.
Each of the victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Greg Griego was an Albuquerque Fire Department chaplain who also worked with jail inmates.
Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Ramon Rustin says Greg Griego volunteered at the jail for 13 years and was instrumental in the creation of its chaplain program.
Albuquerque Fire Chief James Breen said Greg Griego’s calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed.
Greg Griego was also the brother of former New Mexico State Sen. Eric Griego, KRQE reported.
Investigators also were seeking to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle.
Officials told KRQE that Nehemiah Griego told someone about the crime, and that person called 911.
Due to the number of victims and the size of the crime scene, detectives were expected to continue processing the scene into Monday, KRQE reported.
The shooting comes barely a month after gunman Adam Lanza opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing six adult women and 20 children ages 6 or 7 before turning the gun on himself.
The massacre has led to calls for tighter gun control by President Barack Obama, and has prompted New York state lawmakers to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation.
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