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Police: Chaplain, Wife and Three Kids Killed by Son

The five deaths come only three days after a sweeping gun-control package was presented by President Obama

The five deaths come only three days after a sweeping gun-control package was presented by President Obama

January 21, 2013 – New Mexico police on Monday were still trying to piece together what happened in a rural community southwest of Albuquerque where they said a 15-year old boy killed both of his parents and three of the couple’s children.

Police arrested the teenager on charges of murder, which took place on Saturday at the home of the family. The victims were identified by police on Sunday as; Greg and Sara Griego; their 9-year old son Zephania Griego; 5-year old daughter Jael Griego; and 2-year old Angelina. Police identified the 15-year old shooter as Nehemiah Griego.

Word spread quickly of the shooting through the law enforcement community as Greg Griego was a spiritual leader who worked with area firefighters and spent 13 years at the county jail volunteer chaplain.

The five deaths come only three days after a sweeping gun-control package was presented by President Obama. The package is the most comprehensive package to date that attempts to tighten gun control laws in the country.

Authorities said that each one of the victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police located a number of guns inside the home and one was a semi-automatic rifle. At this time, investigators are trying to determine who is the owner of all the firearms found in the home.

No details were released regarding the police’s conversation with the 15-year old, but they did say he was the son of the couple found dead.

On Sunday, a roadblock was set up by police to cut off any public access to the dirt road leading to the Griego’s home, which has trees surrounding it and a large field on one side.

People in the community said they had seen ambulances and police arrive Saturday night at the home. One neighbor, who lives about 120 meters from the home, said he had seen the family of six on many occasions but was not a personal friend.

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