NM teen's family: Don't use boy as political pawn

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 11:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of the New Mexico teen accused of killing his parents and three younger siblings says they're heartbroken over the deaths and concerned about any potential politicization of the tragedy.

The boy's uncle, Eric Griego, said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the family also is concerned about the media's portrayal of 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego.

Authorities say the teen gunned down five family members on Saturday and planned to open fire randomly at a Wal-Mart using weapons that belonged to his parents.

The shootings come amid a national debate over gun control. President Barack Obama has proposed a series of measures to curb violence.

The Griego family says "those who wish to score political points should not use a confused, misguided 15-year-old boy to make their case."

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