15-year-old boy shoots and kills his entire family

Nehemiah Griego 
By: Chan Yuan 

(Scroll down for video) A teen boy shot and killed his entire family, according to police reports in New Mexico.

The boy, who was identified as 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, was detained Sunday night, as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of his parents and three of their children, who were found dead in a house in New Mexico.

The teenager was arrested and charged with murder among other charges in connection with the shooting, which occurred on Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of the city of Albuquerque, Sid Covington, a spokesperson for the Bernalillo County Sheriff, said.

Authorities identified the victims on Sunday night, as Greg Griego, 51, his wife Sarah Griego, 40, and three of their children, 9-year-old Zephania Griego, Jael Griego, 5, and Angelina Griego, 2.

Word of the shooting traveled quickly throughout the neighborhood as police and other officials began their investigation of the murder of the spiritual leader known for his work with the fire department and as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail for 13 years.

"The chaplin was a passionately dedicated professional who served his neighbors and firefighters in this community," Fire Chief James Breen said in a statement. "His spirit and gentle soothing nature will be sorely missed," he added.

Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said that Griego was instrumental in creating the program at the Metropolitan Detention Center, which allowed inmates to integrate back into the community.

Griego was also a former member of the pastoral staff at Calvary, a Christian church in Albuquerque.
As part of his work there, he oversaw the Straight Street program for jail inmates.

Officials said that each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound and several weapons were found in the house, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.

The sheriff's office said that the detained boy was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.



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