POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A 15-year-old New Mexico boy has been charged with the murder of his parents and three siblings.
Officials have indentified the victims as Greg Griego, 51; his wife Sara Griego, 40; and three of their children, Zephania Griego, 9; Jael Griego, 5; and Angelina Griego, 2.
Police identified the shooter as 15-year-old as Nehemiah Griego - Greg Griego's son.
Police believe the teenager used an AR-15 semi automatic rifle in the shooting. Multiple weapons were retrieved from the house.
Sources say Nehemiah Griego called someone after the incident, and that person called 911.
Greg Griego is the brother of former state New Mexico state Senator Eric Griego.
The family released the following statement.
"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."
He and his family are also well-known among a local Christian faith community in Albuquerque.
For years, Griego was a pastor at Calvary on Osuna. Members of the faith community were crying Sunday - their hearts broken as they heard the shocking news.
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