New Mexico Police Highlight Video Game Habits of Teen Who Killed Entire Family

Update: The New York Daily News claims that "Local media" are reporting that the teen was a "home schooled teen [who] wasn’t allowed to play video games, and that his family never let him watch violent shows on television." We're not sure of the validity of that part of the NYDN story because it's a third-hand account. Thanks Andrew Eisen for passing that bit along.

Original Story: A 15-year-old New Mexico teen gunned down his entire family and then told police that he was heavily involved in video games, mentioning "Modern Warfare" and "Grand Theft Auto" by name, according to U.S. News (on NBC). The teen, Nehemiah Griego from Albuquerque, allegedly shot and killed his 40-year-old mother Sarah, 9-year-old brother Zephania, 2-year-old sister Angelina, 5-year-old sister Jael, and later his 51-year-old father Greg.

Nehemiah did not give a motive for the crime beyond saying that he was frustrated with his mother, according to authorities, who also said that the teen opened up about his love for video games when given the opportunity.

"It was kind of what he was into and was quite excited as he got the opportunity to discuss that with investigators," Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said a news conference.

Police did not say how the conversation steered towards video games in the first place.

Police also said that the teen planned the murders a week ago. He also allegedly planned to kill his girlfriend's parents and shoot up a local Walmart, but abandoned the second part of his plan. Ultimately he wanted to die in a firefight with police. They also said that his father had trained him how to shoot, and that he had four guns: a .22 rifle with a 10-round clip, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and two 12-gauge shotguns. Some of the guns had been purchased by "his father's friends and sold to the father privately," according to police.

The teen will be arraigned in Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon. Police said that the teen was not using drugs or alcohol and that he had never been treated for mental illness to the best of their knowledge.

You can get more details in this news conference footage about the crime.

Source: U.S. News (on NBC) by way of Craig R.. Image via NBC

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    hellfire7885 says:

    But in certain places, if you say that, then you're told that you must be fine with rape, child molestaton, school shootings, and all other ills of society.

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    NyuRena says:

    If only he had made it back to his crib, then the police stars would have vanished, but alas, he felt the need to drive around with his girlfriend, thus he was caught…

    He must have sucked at these games..

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    mthiel says:

    I'm surprised he was "quite excited" to talk about video games. I figured he would hide the fact he was playing games. After all, Cho Seung Hui and Adam Lanza removed the hard drives on their respective computers in order to prevent the world from knowing they played video games.

    Sure, Cho's rommates said he didn't play any video games, but we know he was playing violent games throughout the 4 years he was at VT. Of course, there are also reports of Cho stalking women, and he had a history of mental problems, but we know video games caused him to shoot those people at VT.


    Also, despite reports of Cho Seung Hui and Adam Lanza going to shooting ranges as well as Nehemiah Griego's father teaching him how to shoot, we all know video games are 100% responsible for teaching them how to hold guns in their hands and shoot them.


    I'm also sure Nehemiah was wearing the same clothes as the main characters in "Modern Warfare" or "Grand Theft Auto" as well.


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    NyuRena says:

    That's because you are not a reactionary imbecile like the media and the people who believe it. The very word "Causation" is probably missing from their grammatical repertoire.

    If anything the games are an outlet for aggression. I was a brutally violent child until about 12 and then I got my first good PC and got into doom and more. After that I never got in a fight again. (There were other reasons as well, but at the very least it did not make me MORE violent.)

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    I've been playing violent video games for over 30 years. I love Modern Warfare and GTA – played them both for hours on end when they came out. My daughter loves these kinds of games too. Neither of us has ever gone on a shooting spree, killed our parents or anything like that, and neither of us want to, because we're not psychopaths, nutcases or incredibly stupid.

    Almost every teenager and young adult these days plays video games. Suggesting that video games play a role in shooting deaths is like suggesting that eating meat, sleeping, showering, driving a car, living in a house, etc., does the same. Every shooter will do these things, but it doesn't mean they caused the problem.

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    Craig R. says:

    Well, it's good to know that the police in this country are doing the work of the NRA.

    "Guns don't kill people, everything else but guns kill people."

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    hidannik says:

    Well that's great, that's just f—— great, man. Now what the f— are we supposed to do? We're in some real pretty s— now man… That's it man, game over man, game over! What the f— are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?

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