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N.M. Teen Charged with Killing Father, Children with Assault Rifle

Hemera/Thinkstock(BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M.) -- New Mexico officials are trying to determine why a teenager allegedly opened fire with an assault rifle on his family this weekend, killing his parents and three young siblings.

Nehemiah Griego, 15, used the assault rifle to kill his father, Greg Griego, 51, a pastor at Calvary Church in Albuquerque, and mother, Sara Griego, age 40, as well as the three younger siblings, ages 9, 5, and 2, said officials in Bernalillo County, N.M.

Police said that multiple firearms were found at Griego's home after the attack, including an assault rifle.

Nehemiah Griego has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder, and three counts of child abuse resulting in death, according to the Bernalillo's Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies said they received an emergency call around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, and arrived to find all of victims with gunshot wounds, according to ABC News affiliate KOAT.

The sheriff's office declined to give any other details on the murder, citing the investigation.  Officials will hold a press conference Tuesday, where they are expected to release more information.

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