Teen's Alleged Shooting Spree Kills His Parents & Three Siblings But It Could Have Been Worse (VIDEO)

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This is the stuff nightmares are made of. New Mexico teen Nehemiah Griego, who is 15, has been accused of killing his parents and three siblings -- first his mother, Sara, then his 9-year-old brother, then his 5-year-old and 2-year-old sisters. He then waited hours until his father got home -- and killed him too. All with the family's own arsenal of guns.

Griego, who lived in New Mexico with his family, was reportedly "annoyed" with his mother and so he waited until she was asleep before taking one of the family guns -- which were apparently not locked away -- and shooting her in the head. When his 9-year-old brother, Zephania, who was sleeping with her awoke from the sound, his brother informed him that their mom was dead. When the boy said he didn't believe it, Griego reportedly lifted up his mother's bloodied head before shooting his brother.

His sisters, awakened by the noise, then reportedly began crying. The police report states: "Nehemiah stated he lost his sense of conscience and went to the bedroom his two younger sisters share. Nehemiah stated when he entered he noticed that his sisters were crying and he shot both of them in the head."

After killing most of his family, the teen then went to a closet and got a AR-15 military-style assault rifle and waited for his father, Gregory, who once was a pastor, to return home. When he did, his son lay in wait and ended his life.
Chillingly, the boy then called a friend, told him what he'd done, and said he was on his way to a populated area (some reports have said a Walmart) to commit more carnage. He said he wanted the police to shoot him. Amazingly, his friend was able to convince him to meet at his father's church instead. There, he told police, who had earlier been called by someone at the church, that he'd come home to find his family dead. But reportedly he eventually admitted to doing it himself -- and reports say he even texted a picture of his dead mother to his girlfriend.
Police believe Griego was home schooled. He liked to wear fatigues, but was otherwise described as "quiet" and "normal" by neighbors. The Daily Mail reports that he might be the seventh of ten children, but no word on where the other children are. This tragedy is truly abominable, but it sounds like it could have been even more horrific if Griego had continued with his killing spree.
What do you think of this tragedy?

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redK8... redK8blueSt8

This is another prime example of why you can't regulate evil. Sounds like he took the easiest route, and used a gun, and waited until there was no resistance. If the family hadn't had guns he probably would have used a knife.  Then he was such a sick coward he was willing to murder even more people to cause the police to shoot him, suicide by police.

This was premeditated murder.

Mamab... MamabearC

What do I think? I think it IS a tragedy,perhaps an avoidable one had the guns been locked away. This kid should never be allowed out in society EVER again.

Mamab... MamabearC

I also agree, thoughredKbluest8, that seeing as how disturbed this kid is, there is no guarantee that locked guns or no guns would have prevented him from finding another way to kill his family. I want to make it clear that I am not simply blaming guns for this...merely pointing out that there is the possibility that this might have been avoided had the guns been locked away or at least not where kids could have easy access...that is all, I promise. I'm not here for the usual 'Stir gun debate'. LOL. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I think keeping guns lying around a house full of kids, including a mentally disturbed teen, is stupid and irresponsible. It's a shame that the younger siblings had to pay the price.

linzemae linzemae

i agree with redK8blueSt8 . he was unstable and would have found another way to murder his family if guns werent available.

Lindsay Christine Kelsey

I live in Albuquerque. I can't believe something like this happened so close to home.

bills... billsfan1104

Kiri, Are you going to post every single gun death??? Where are your gun death reports from the lower income neighborhoods??

names... namestaken

So this kid is so freaking evil he actually murdered his ENTIRE family, one of which took HOURS to get home while he stayed there with the bodies, and was even cruel enough to show his brother his murdered mom's head, but you think if the gun had been secured this wouldn't have happened? That is ignorant on sooo many levels...I know you people who scream control think your intelligent or enlightened, but Damn...You HAVE to start thinking for yourself sometime.

nonmember avatar blue

What the heck does being home schooled have to do with anything? I don't even know what to think of these tragedies anymore. I do know I HATE that the media clings to some things. He was home schooled! He had aspergers!! He wore black! How about the facts and not the nonsense?

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