Family says killings out of character for teen
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Family members are speaking out about the allegations against a 15-year-old New Mexico boy, accused of killing his family.
Eric Greigo said, “What we do know is that none of us, even in our wildest nightmare, could have imaged that he could do something like this.”
Sheriff’s deputies say the 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego was heavily involved with violent video games and planned the shootings for at least a week.
He allegedly told investigators he was frustrated with his mother and contemplated killing his girlfriend’s parents.
They say he told them he hoped to continue his killing spree at a Wal-Mart and die in a shootout with police.
Prosecutors say Griego fatally shot his mother as she slept and the noise woke his younger brother.
When his brother became upset, the arrest affidavit claims he shot his brother in the head.
The is accused of shooting his mother, brother and two younger sisters at their home.
After that, police claim “Nehemiah stated he lost his sense of conscience.”
He is accused of killing his sisters before his father came home for a graveyard shift at a homeless shelter.
Authorities believe the father, a chaplain to the city’s fire department, was the last to be gunned down in the home.
Once the killing was done, police say he texted a picture of his mother’s body to his 12-year-old girlfriend.
Prosecutors announced that Griego will stand trial as an adult in the murders.