New Mexico teen Nehemiah Griego, who is accused of shooting his parents and his three siblings on Saturday in an Albuquerque suburb, was described by neighbors as a quiet kid who constantly wore camouflage gear The Daily News reports.
According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, the 15-year-old used multiple weapons to gun down his family, including a military-style assault rifle. The motive for the assault is unclear at this time and it comes as a total surprise to those that lived near the Griego family.
Neighbor Jerry Crites told local CBS affiliate KRQE that Griego “Seemed to be just a normal kid walking up and down the road.”
Griego, who was homeschooled and also wasn’t registered with the local school district, had a social media profile on the site MeetOne which reportedly showed him wearing darkly colored military gear. The profile reads, “I’m a fun loving guy who (LIKES) to make (PEOPLE) happy. I might be shy but I’ll open up once you get to know me.”
Griego’s deceased father Greg was a pastor with a local church and also served as the chaplain for the Albuquerque Fire Department. Greg’s brother is former state Sen. Eric Griego.
NBC affiliate KOB-TV reports the surviving members of the Griego family released a statement saying “Our family is grieving this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the prayers and support we have received and request that the media honor our family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Nehemiah Griego is charged with five crimes - two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.