Family Vows Support For NM Teen Murder Suspect

Family members of a New Mexico teen facing charges in the slayings of his parents and three younger siblings are refusing to give up on the boy and are vowing to be there to support him.

Nehemiah Griego's family members told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that they are heartbroken over the tragedy and that there were never any signs that something like this would happen. They describe the 15-year-old as a normal teenager.

Griego has been in custody since Jan. 19, when authorities say he shot his parents and siblings in their home in a rural area south of Albuquerque. His parents were well-known throughout the community for their ministry work.

Family members say Griego's parents would have wanted their son to have a fair trial and the opportunity to turn his life around someday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.