New Mexico teen accused of family slaughter loved 'violent' video games, police say
A 15-year-old New Mexico boy was "involved heavily in violent games" before he plotted and carried out the massacre of his parents and three siblings because he was "frustrated" with his mother, police said Tuesday.
Nehemiah Griego did not elaborate on a motive for the shocking crime, but he had plenty to say about his love for video games, including "Modern Warfare" and "Grand Theft Auto," authorities said.
"It was kind of what he was into and was quite excited as he got the opportunity to discuss that with investigators," Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said a news conference.
The teen, who will be arraigned in Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon, began planning the murders a week ago, and his blood lust went beyond his family, police said.
Nehemiah Griego, 15, is accused of killing his parents and three siblings in New Mexico.
He contemplated shooting up a local Walmart and killing his 12-year-old girlfriend's parents, Houston said.
The suspect sent the girl a photo of his dead mother after he shot her around 1 a..m, and he spent most of Saturday -- after ambushing his father at 6 a.m. and until he went to his church at 8 p.m. -- with her, officials said.
The unidentified girl has not been charged, but might be at some point, Houston said.
Griego gave investigators the vaguest of explanations for his actions.
"The motive as articulated was purely that he was frustrated with his mother," Houston said, explaining that the suspect refused to elaborate. "He was just frustrated with how things were."
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He said the teen was "very stern" and "unemotional" as he walked investigators through the cold-blooded executions.
He had four guns -- a .22 rifle with a 10-round ammunition holder, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and two 12-gauge shotguns -- some of which had been purchased by his father's friends and sold to the dad privately, police said.
At 1 a.m., he allegedly killed his mother, Sarah, 40, while she slept. His 9-year-old brother, Zephania, was "awake and distraught" when he was slain soon after. A 2-year-old, Angelina, was sleeping when she was shot. A 5-year-old girl, Jael, was awake when she was killed.The father, who had an old arrest record and used to run a halfway house for ex-cons on his property, had taught his son how to shoot, police said.
Then Griego lay in wait for his father, Greg, 51, a former jailhouse chaplain who was working the graveyard shift at a rescue mission. When he came home, his son killed him, too, the sheriff said.
Court documents say that the teen envisioned dying in a firefight with law enforcement after the killings.
Instead, he spent the rest of the day with his girlfriend before he went to Calvary Church, where his father had once been pastor, to talk to someone he knew, Houston said.
A church security guard was driving the teen back to his house when he apparently had misgivings and called police, who went to the house and found the horrific scene.
Police said they do not believe Griego had drugs or alcohol in his system, and there is no indication he was ever treated for mental illness.
"This is beyond any human reasoning or understanding at this time," Houston said.
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A bouquet of flowers adorns the entrance to a home on Monday where a couple and their three young children were found shot to death south of Albuquerque, N.M.