Greg Griego, according to at least one friend was an ex-con and former gangbanger. However at some point in his life, according to the friend, he turned all that around "through his faith in Jesus Christ."
Griego became a pastor at Albuquerque's Calvary Church, although a year or so ago the church says he took a leave of absence. He was also a volunteer chaplain to the Albuquerque Fire Department and ministered to inmates in local lockups.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting on Saturday night, Griego, his wife Sara and children, Zephania, age 9, Jael, age 5, and Angelina, age 2 were all murdered. According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff the victims were shot "multiple times." In addition the Times quoted him as saying, "multiple weapons were used including one assault rifle."
Police have arrested Griego's son, Nehemiah, age 15 and charged him with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death. According to a neighbor, when pastor Griego and his family would go for a walk in the neighborhood, Nehemiah, "wore nothing but camouflage stuff."
At this time no motive has been established, or at least released to the media, although one can reasonably suspect that Griego the younger had issues with mental and emotional stability. There has been no explanation offered in regard to how a former convict could amass an arsenal of "multiple weapons." Faith in Jesus aside, one would presume New Mexico law would have prohibited such a thing from happening. There is also no word as to why Mr. Griego would want, or need a bunch of guns, one of which was an assault style rifle. Finally, there is no information available about the suspect, other than his age, relationship to the family and, as previously mentioned, his choice of wardrobe. Why do I think when we do learn more facts they will include that he was quiet and withdrawn, that he had few, if any, friends in school and that he really, really liked video games.
Meanwhile, our pals at the NRA, you know the guys and gals who say all of us should own an assault style rifle for protection and fun, are having a sale of sorts. You can now purchase discounted memberships to that organization, saving a whopping $10 to $15 depending on how long you sign up for. Also, when you join you will receive $7,500 worth of insurance, free admission to the NRA's annual guns, gear, and outfitting show, a membership card and decal. Plus you can choose one of three gifts. The list includes a rosewood knife, a black and gold duffel bag, and a digital camo duffel bag.
But wait, that's not all!
You also get a free subscription to one of their "award winning" publications. You can choose, "American Rifleman," "American Hunter," "First Freedom," or "InSights." The NRA does inform us that "InSights" is for "Juniors only."
It is unknown right now if one of "InSights" readers is Nehemiah Griego, but he certainly does sound like a candidate for their mailing list. I mean after all, how is a young lad to learn the safe and effective use of weaponry unless it is from responsible adults?
Christ, how long must we suffer the tyranny of these malignant beasts and their gruesome fetish? How many dead will it take?
Obviously we aren't there yet.
ut sementem feceris ita metes