Nehemiah Griego, 15, allegedly shot and killed his parents and three of his siblings, aged 9, 5 and 2. Nehemiah is being held in custody, and no motive is known, at least publicly, for the slayings. Griego lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was home-schooled, wore camo a lot, and was said to be quiet, though not necessarily strange. A neighbor described him as “fairly quiet,” and “a normal kid, walking up and down the road.”
Nehemiah Griego is being charged with two counts of murder and three counts of “child abuse resulting in death” (an odd distinction, given that he murdered all five in the same way), for killing his parents, Greg and Sara Griego, 51 and 40 respectively, and three of their kids, Nehemiah’s brother Zephania, 9, and sisters Jael, 5, and Angelina, 2. Greg Griego was a well known pastor in his community.
According to Slate, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut, 1102 Americans have been killed by gun violence. One more time: in the last five weeks, a likely incomplete count has 1102 Americans killed with guns.
Nehemiah Griego’s alleged crime is an unspeakable tragedy, but on average it will account for one sixth of the gun deaths that day. America’s gun problem is staggering, and while there are disagreements on what should be done, I think we can all agree that we have to do something.