Teenager kills 5 in New Mexico, police say

Officials from the sheriff’s office said they did not yet know the relation the shooter had with the five victims.

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Officials from the sheriff’s office said they did not yet know the relation the shooter had with the five victims.

ALBUQUERQUE — A 15-year-old boy shot to death his parents and his three younger siblings at their home near Albuquerque, authorities said Sunday.

Greg Griego, a chaplain with the local fire department, his wife, Sara, and three of their children — 9-year-old Zephania, 5-year-old Jael, and 2-year-old Angelina — were found dead at their home Saturday night in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque, according to the Bernalillo County sheriff’s department. The suspect, who was not named because he is a juvenile, was arrested on murder and other charges.


The boy’s motive was not immediately known, officials said. Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Williamson said.

Greg Griego was considered a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and for the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.

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‘‘Chaplain Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community,’’ Fire Chief James Breen said in a statement.

Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said Griego worked to get inmates integrated back into the community. Investigators also were trying to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semiautomatic rifle.

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