ALBUQUERQUE QUINTUPLE MURDERS: According to KOB, friends identified Greg Griego, a former pastor of Calvary Albuquerque Church, as the adult male who was killed at 2806 Long Lane in southwest Albuquerque, along with an adult female, a juvenile boy and two juvenile girls. Nehemiah Griego, 15, has been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of child abuse leading to murder. Pastor Greg Griego also works as a chaplain at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The home is owned by Gregory Griego and Sarah Griego, who was also killed, along with their three youngest children. Sarah Griego was a stay-at-home mom who homeschooled her kids.
KOB 4 reports Nehemiah Griego called someone after the shootings and that person called 911. It is also being reported that Greg Griego was a spiritual counselor to the Albuquerque Fire Department. Greg Griego is the brother of former state Sen. Eric Griego. The family issued a statement saying, “Our family is grieving this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the prayers and support we have received and request that the media honor our family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
This latest mass shooting comes a little over a month after Adam Lanza killed 20 children, ages six and seven, as well as six educators during a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. This also comes as gun rights supporters staged “Gun Appreciation Day” Saturday all over the country. It will be interesting to hear the debate that will ensue from this tragedy tomorrow. Once again, more senseless murders.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that neighbor Peter Gomez said he saw the boy walk with siblings and his parents through the neighborhood regularly, and he “wore nothing but camouflage stuff”. Greg Griego turned his life around after being in a gang.
Griego reportedly served in Desert Storm, and Nehemiah told neighbors he wanted to be a soldier. He always wore army clothing and camouflage, but he wasn’t allowed to play violent video games, according to one neighbor, since the boy’s parents didn’t allow anything “dirty or violent” and limited TV watching.
UPDATE#1 (01/21/2013): The four remaining victims killed during Nehemiah Griego’s shooting rampage identified as mother Sarah Greigo, 40, and his three youngest siblings Zephania Griego, 9; Jael Griego, 5; and Angelina Griego, 2.