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Nehemiah GriegoALBUQUERQUE – A 15-year-old boy has confessed to shooting his parents and three young siblings to death inside their home because he was upset with his mother.

According to the police report, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego walked into his parents’ bedroom shortly after midnight on Saturday and retrieved a .22 caliber rifle from the closet. His father was not home at the time but his mother, 40-year-old Sara Griego, was sleeping alongside Nehemiah’s 9-year-old brother, Zephania.

Nehemiah took aim and shot his mother in the head as she was sleeping. His brother woke up and did not believe Nehemiah had killed their mother, so Nehemiah told police he lifted her head to show his brother her bloody face. When his brother began crying, Nehemiah shot him in the head as well.

He then walked into the bedroom of his two sisters, 5-year-old Jael and 2-year old Angelina, who were in their beds crying. He then shot them both in the head. Afterwards, he retrieved an AR-15 and hid in a downstairs bathroom for hours, waiting on his father to arrive home.

When 51-year-old Greg Griego arrived and walked past the bathroom, Nehemiah stepped out and shot him multiple times. At some point, he texted his girlfriend a picture of his dead mother. Nehemiah loaded the two rifles in his mother’s vehicle and then drove to church where he told church members that his family was dead.

When his story just didn’t add up, his girlfriend’s grandmother called police. Police arrived and questioned Nehemiah who, after some false starts, finally admitted that he had killed his family. He did not give a motive aside from stating he had anger issues and was upset with his mother. He also said he’d been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts and planned on shooting random people after killing his family.

After police entered Nehemiah’s home and verified his story, he was arrested and charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

“You know, I’ve been down there with our investigators this morning, there’s no other way to say it but we have a horrific crime scene we’re working and it’ll be intensive and we’ll work hard to do everything that needs to be done because of all that is involved,” Sheriff Dan Houston said.

If you couldn’t tell by the kids’ names, the Griego family is a religious one. Greg was the brother of former State Senator Eric Griego and worked six years at the Calvary Chapel in Montebllo, California. After moving to New Mexico, Greg lead a prison outreach program as well as the group, Veterans for Christ.

Neighbors described Nehemiah, who was home schooled, as quiet and polite but did mention he seemed to have no friends and liked to walk around the neighborhood wearing camo.

I would be surprised to learn that a home schooled teen from a religious family who regularly dressed in camouflage and was named after a king of Persia’s cup-bearer who enforced the law of Moses in Jerusalem, didn’t have homicidal and suicidal thoughts on a constant basis.

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  • Cassy_Again

    Is it just me, or do a large number of these young, crazy killers have odd looking, low set ears? The bunch that played video games with their dead victim in the house, do too.

  • Sam

    I’ll bet it’s the ears. They are obviously finely tuned to pick up the devil’s messages.

    And the sad thing is it’s probably only half a joke. Just wait until he pleads not guilty due to insanity because the devil told him to do it.

  • PinkDeer

    Interesting observation!!

  • Cassy_Again

    He suffers from devilish ear syndrome. But, low set ears are also typical in people with fetal alcohol syndrome aren’t they? Which I doubt he had, but maybe they’re typical of some sort of aggressive disorder, too. Meh. Who knows? Back to my test tubes and illegally obtained Neanderthal DNA.

  • Sam
  • daMonBrooks


  • Mr Crocker had a son???
    But seriously, was the family so clueless or just turning a blind eye here. There had to be signs of a troubled kid.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Everybody thought Barney was an idiot for keeping his one bullet in his shirt pocket.

    Guns don’t kills. Guns with bullets in the hands of crazies ‘DO!’

  • Gee

    Permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.

  • Sam

    I’ll bet it’s because the family were so religious – in a ‘the lord has given us a challenge’ sort of thing. Or maybe they just thought he was being a moody teenager – he was the oldest of the kids so they wouldn’t have had a frame of reference of what was normal. Or maybe they did realise he was a bit off – at what you admit that your flesh and blood is wired wrong and call in outside reinforcements?

  • That’s kind of what I think was going on. Even when a troubled child cries out for help, parents tend to ignore it not wanting to admit something is wrong.

  • J packard

    Home schooled says it all.

  • Athena

    Heavy religion and unsecured guns. What a great combo.

    On a side note, I suppose I shouldn’t be so concerned about this faction of society’s impact on domestic policy, if they’re going to take themselves out like this.

  • nomorepolitix

    Wow. I’m really sad about the other children. Back in my day most angry kids would just steal booze and their parents’ car and wreck it–maybe killing themselves. Maybe killing someone else. The murder and/or suicide with gun thing sure seems to be trending up.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Running around suburban streets with only camo duds on is a pretty good indicator that something’s wrong… I live in “Redneck Central,” and we keep a close eye on those mental midgets.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Yeah, the last home-schooled kid I met believed he was a robot and aspired to build a steam locomotive train engine that could travel to other star systems.

  • Oh my Barney
    Oh my Barney
    Had a jail and couldn’t lock it
    Had one bullet for his pistol
    Had to keep it in his pocket

  • Athena

    Generally speaking, home schooled kids perform significantly better than both publicly and privately schooled kids, since homeschooling parents are, on average, wealthier and better educated.

    The problem arises with what I believe is a relatively small (I’d like to believe) sub-set of the home school crowd; those parents who keep their children home, not because they think they can do better, not because they move around too much to keep a child in a stable school, but because they don’t want their precious little angels subjected to anyone else’s brand of thought. These are the dangerous home schooling situations, and they’re the ones that stand out to us and form the stereotype. They’re typically heavily religious households, too.

    I’ve known a couple like that over the years. One girl, two doors down, born to an Arab (by ethnicity, not nationality) father with a SERIOUS Jesus complex (he was a carpenter and a pastor) and a lily white mother. Among other things, this man tried to tell me at the age of 8 that he didn’t believe in interracial marriage (and I thought, “Have you stood next to your wife in a reflection?“), and once temporarily banned me from the house for bringing over dinosaur books. His girl grew up to run away from home, thinking she was a vampire, with an apartment lit only by black light. She also tried to maintain her virginity by claiming amnesia after sleeping with other girls’ boyfriends.


  • Buffettgirl

    Sadly, it was attempting to obtain outside help that triggered the Newtown, CT situation. Lanza discovered that his Mom was trying to have him committed and the apocalypse ensued from there… My oldest brother is paranoid schizophrenic (thank God in a non-violent way so far and he’s 46) and I would guess, watching my Mother all of these years that you never really give up. I’ve let go, but I haven’t given up…

  • Andyman

    Nice fucking ears, Nehemiah. What a fucking awful name too as long as I am criticizing shit.

  • Andyman

    Prolly killing someone else. Seldom is it the drunk driver that dies, ironically.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Oh, I know that. I just like to make fun of the weirdos. This guy was also devoutly Christian, which made the whole robot thing even stranger.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I just don’t get this killing your family members because you are pissed. There must have been signals that all was not right with him. In Baltimore last week some guy set himself on fire because his mother wouldn’t help him with his drug debt – then he grabbed hold of his mother and would not let go; she died and he of course lived even though severely burned.

  • JGo555

    Super religious and mental disease usually don’t mix. It makes for a family that believes PRAYER and belief can cure while doctors and psychiatrists don’t do shit cause they don’t have G-O-D by their side.

  • JGo555

    His last name, translated means Greek in Spanish.

  • Why not save money from jail and court and just shoot him in his ugly face?

  • whoopsidaisies

    What a disgusting, pathetic excuse of a human being. If he killed simply because he was angry at his mother, why did he kill her in front of that precious 9 year old baby and then SHOW HIM his mother’s face like that??? Pure psychopath. I really hope he gets charged as an adult. Let’s be honest, we can’t rehabilitate this one.

  • jacknasty

    I’m sure there is much more to this story, why was the mother sleeping with a 9 year old boy? Doesn’t it seem odd that there were two younger girls sleeping in their actual rooms but the 9 year old was in bed with the mother. Perhaps he was abused and now that he is older and his mother is turning her “affection” to the younger brother he got jealous.

  • Evangelos

    Want to bet that this little demon will “repent” and become “born again” a la Jeffrey Dahmer? Gotta love the idiotic concept of absolution and its tendency to release “the faithful” from personal responsibility/accountability.

  • alphatroll

    Good thing they were armed, things could have gone really badly otherw… oh wait, never mind.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Armed with Jesus! So they’re all in Heaven now, no doubt.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Or maybe the 9yo just had a nightmare and crawled into his parents’ bed? More likely the older brother was just plain whacked.

  • douchenozzlejohnson

    I wonder which psych med he was on that wrecked his brain and made him snap. That seems to be the thing that every single one of these white suburban kids has in common.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I’m kind of hoping he wasn’t on any meds, so that at least the CT loons can’t blame this one on some government mind control conspiracy to make gun control popular and repeal the 2nd Amendment.

    Anyways, there’s plenty of white suburban kids on medication who don’t go shoot up their local school… and I don’t really find it surprising that the ones who do all apparently have (or had) mental health issues.

  • lespacino

    Yup, sounds like a kid who’s had stories of how god expresses wrath drummed into him from birth, alright!

  • lespacino

    I think he should set precedent by pleading insanity as the result of having to see those ears every time he looks in the mirror. It would probably work!

  • lespacino

    When they start wandering the neighborhood in camo?

  • lespacino

    Mine do just fine. Of course, we’re non-religious (many are atheists), are involved with other kids regularly, in a homeschooling group, they take supplemental classes locally, do volunteer work with the SPCA, and have lots of outside experiences/interactions.

  • lespacino

    Or sick. Mine always invade my bed when they get sick.

  • Jack2

    Nah man, this is a miscalculation. Sometimes when I was young and growing up, the whole family would sleep together and just keep close. No, there was never any abuse. It’s like to keep each other safe and feel comfort. Especially during the holidays. It was those time when I realize how fortunate I had a good family and was never abused. I look back and just love those time when we were all together. This should never mean first instinct that a child is being abused. Also, always at times kids will get scared and sleep with mom and dad or just want to have some comfort.
    Nothing wrong with that unless it is a daily thing which can make a
    child become clingy and needy lol.

  • Kidding aside for a nano second. Seems like there are a lot of low eared kids and guys that kill people. I bet there is something to it.

  • kimbev69

    Hmm interesting “home schooled” you know there are some that home school just to hide the visual proof of child abuse from school authorities, so sad about his choices to obliterate his entire family

  • kimbev69

    She was also leaving guns out in the open for him to play with

  • douchenozzlejohnson

    Actually, I think it’s usually the drugs that cause it, guns are the tool. I would rather see them more stringently regulate psychotropic meds before they add more regs to guns.

  • It was game over when they decided to name him Nehemiah.

  • Btw, Nehemiah is an Awesome Black Metal band. If any of ya are in to that kinda stuff.

  • Those poor kids I just can’t imagine their final moments knowing even at the tender ages of five & two that their demonic brother was about to kill them. Then the nine year old brother in disbelief to witness the lifeless body of their mother. Poor parents they didn’t deserve to be executed along with their children by their oldest evil son at age 15 who needs the death penalty in prison until that day happens.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    Low ears can be a sign of fetal alcohol syndrome. From

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder refers to the brain damage and physical birth defects caused by women drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), can include growth deficiencies, central nervous system dysfunction that may include low IQ or mental retardation, and abnormal facial features (e.g. small eye openings, small upturned nose, thin upper lip, small lower jaw, low set of ears, and an overall small head circumference).

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well, sorry to ruin your revenge fantasy, but New Mexico does not currently employ capital punishment ( ), and even if they did, in 2005 the Supreme Court found execution of juvenile offenders unconstitutional. ( )

  • LeaveMeBe

    I love your growing up stories.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Dad was so involved in rescuing and saving complete strangers that he couldn’t/wouldn’t see the child right in front of him that needed rescuing.

  • Athena

    There’s more where that came from! Ever told you about the time an army of bums threw oranges at us?

    Some other time, I suppose. 😛

  • SharG’z

    should’ve killed himself, would’ve went out like a real G

  • LeaveMeBe

    Haven’t heard that one yet, but am looking forward to it. I remember the one about the spider web and the pee, though. I think you should write a bedtime story book for adults. 😀

  • I’ll bet it’s the ears. They are obviously finely tuned to pick up the devil’s messages.

    That right there…. Was Hilarious!!

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am always for giving the accused the benefit of the doubt and especially when he/she is a kid, but this guy is a cruel, spiteful and sadistic person. How the hell did he become so fucked up?

  • i know that as a teenager your emotions chemistry is all outta whack. i remember threatening my parents to give me money to go to a school dance because i didnt want to do the dishes for the money i would break out their car windows kill the dog burn down the house if they didnt just hand over the cash. i would never hurt my dog first of all and i ended up

  • LoKi4778

    Murder is a cardinal sin, from which there is no absolution…

  • Evangelos

    Tell that to all the repentant felons… Or the divinely blessed crusaders. Religion just enables release from accountability. One should love good and eschew evil simply because… Not for some reward or negation of punishment in some variant of an afterlife.

  • Talk about overreacting. What an idiotic, moronic, demonic, doomed young kid….

  • Omalley

    Maybe if they’d had ’em pinned….

  • Omalley

    Ears. A study should be done about this; so many featured here have bizarre ears.

  • VanPastorMan

    You are very sick in the head. Do you even have a soul?

  • She used to. She sold it.

  • rebecca rasha

    this kid was born into some crazy religious ex-cholo family that didnt believe in mental illness and thought they could just keep him home to avoid any social problems he may have had. they should have sent his ass to regular, public school, so that he could learn something outside of his christian bubble.