New details emerge in Griego shooting

Posted at: 01/21/2013 5:13 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 7:39 PM
By: Maria Guererro, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Nehemiah Griego
Photo: Nehemiah Griego


The Griego home is tucked away down Long Lane in the South Valley. People have been drawn to the house since Sunday.

"We just wanted to come by and pay our respects and say a prayer. And hope that the kids didn't suffer, you know when he shot them or the parents," said Mary Puentes, who lives nearby.

Court documents claim 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego confessed to taking a .22 caliber rifle from his parents’ closet and shooting his mother, Sara, whom he was upset with.

He then shot his three siblings to death: 9-year-old Zephania, 5-year-old Jael and 2-year-old Angelina.

"Saturday night when we heard the shots we thought it was a drive-by. We didn't think it was here," said Puentes.

Griego told investigators he then waited five hours and ambushed his father, Greg, with an AR15 rifle.

"What brought that young man's mind to do this? It's got to be evil," said neighbor Terry Wootan.

Also disturbing is Griego’s alleged confession of reloading the guns, putting them in his parents’ van with the intention of driving to a populated area and gunning down more people.

Instead, he ended up driving to his family’s church.

"I don't understand why he did that,” said Puentes. "I don't know I'm just I'm just shocked."           

When asked if he told anyone he murdered his family, investigators say Griego told them he took a picture of his dead mother and sent it to his girlfriend.

Related: Probable cause statement lays out motive and details in murder of Griego family