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Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children

10:32 pm - 01/20/2013
Albuquerque Shooting: Teenager Kills 5 People, Including 3 Children

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home.

The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman.

Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.

"Chaplin 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. "His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed."

Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said Griego was instrumental in the creation of the Metropolitan Detention Center's chaplain program and worked to get inmates integrated back into the community.

Griego also was a former member of the pastoral staff at Calvary, a Christian church in Albuquerque. As part of his work there, he oversaw the Straight Street program for jail inmates.

Covington said detectives were working to positively identify the five victims as well as the teenager's relationship to them.

"Right now we're to the meticulous points of processing the scene and collecting physical evidence, and this is a vast scene with a lot of physical evidence," Covington said.

Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.

Authorities also declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators. The teenager was booked on two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

The Associated Press is withholding the suspect's name during the initial investigation because he is a juvenile.

On Sunday, a police roadblock cut off public access to the narrow dirt road that leads to the home, which is surrounded by trees and an agricultural field on one side.

Neighbors said they saw the first police cars and ambulances arrive at the home Saturday night. The road was blocked and word of the shootings began to make its way through the neighborhood.

Peter Gomez, a 54-year-old carpenter who lives about 200 yards from the home, said he had seen the family – a husband and wife and their four children – pass by many times but didn't know them personally.

"It's a horrible thing," Gomez said. "You see all this stuff that happens all over the country, the shootings in the schools and theaters, and then it happens right here. It's sad."


DISCLAIMER: It doesn't say here if the shooter was related to the victims, but this story SEEMS to have all the hallmarks of a domestic situation wherein a family member goes amok and kills all the others, using guns that were available in the home. If I'm wrong about that, the above image may not apply here.

ETA: It appears my instincts were (sadly) correct, according to an updated story I just found: "A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Saturday's shooting deaths of his parents, a brother and two younger sisters. A .22-caliber rifle and a semi-automatic military-style rifle, which were kept in the parents' closet, were used in the shootings, according to authorities." D:

Source of updated information

(EDITED AGAIN to fix borked html.)
bestdaywelived 21st-Jan-2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Um, actually, if this is a domestic violence murder, the image applies even more.
kishmet 21st-Jan-2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
I think that's what the OP's saying, but they're clarifying that they don't know for sure whether it was a DV murder because the article doesn't say whether the shooter was related to the victims.
bowtomecha 22nd-Jan-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that the definition of domestic violence doesn't just pertain to nuclear relationships or a household. I think anybody with strong affinity or strong personal relationship should be considered dv as well. This kid could have been the neighborhood kid who spent half his time at their house hanging out. Its usually only limited to family or partners but I don't see why strong friendships can't qualify as well.
kishmet 22nd-Jan-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree. They just didn't mention the kid's relationship to the family at all yet as far as I saw. The way the crime was committed I would agree with the OP's assessment that it was probably domestic violence-related whether he technically lived in the house or not
moonshaz 22nd-Jan-2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Exactly. From the article I originally posted, there was no indication of whether the kid was a family member, a neighbor, an intruder, or what. Turns out this was exactly what I thought it was: a case of a kid killing his parents and siblings. But as strong as my suspicions were, I couldn't be sure of that when I was making the post.

Edited at 2013-01-22 02:30 am (UTC)
bestdaywelived 22nd-Jan-2013 02:14 am (UTC)
At the organization where I used to work, it was defined as romantic partners and biological/legal family.
moonshaz 22nd-Jan-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I think that's what the OP's saying, but they're clarifying that they don't know for sure whether it was a DV murder because the article doesn't say whether the shooter was related to the victims."

Yes, that's exactly what I was trying to say. All the articles I was able to find at that point were NOT coming out and saying this was a case of someone shooting members of his family, but it sure sounded like it to me. But I didn't know for a FACT, so I added the disclaimer. As it happens, I was right. I have added an update, which will hopefully clarify things.

I also added the domestic violence tag, since I now know that it definitely applies.

Edited at 2013-01-22 02:27 am (UTC)
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