Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge, 15 year-old Nehemiah Griego, as an adult for the murders of his five family members. Victims include Greg Griego (Father), Sara Griego (mother), Zephania (9), Jael (5), and Angelina (2). Nehemiah Griego was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse ending in death.
Each of the victims were shot multiple times with more than one weapon. One of the weapons included an assault rifle, in which President Obama wants to make illegal to purchase. Neighbors report that Nehemiah was home schooled and only wore camouflaged clothing and military dress.
It is interesting to see that Greg Griego, Nehemiah’s father, was once a gang member and had been to jail. After he was let out, he turned his life around and became more spiritual. He had started the Metropolitan Detention Center’s chaplain program. A program that helped inmates get back on their feet and merge back in to their communities. He was a very respected spiritual leader who helped dozens of inmates and firefighters find their way. Former Senator Eric Griego comments on the deaths, “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.”
Authorities do not have a motive for Nehemiah yet and refuse to put out any statements made by the 15 year-old. There has been a lot of talk on the causes of recent shootings, including gun control, violent video games, and movies. But how do you explain this horrible situation if neighbors say Nehemiah was not allowed to watch or play violent video games? Questions still remain, how would he have gotten his hands on a gun and why is our country so focused on video games, movies, and guns, as opposed to mental illness?