Griego Family Funeral Held at Calvary Church of Albuquerque Where Father Once Was Pastor

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Some 2000 friends of the Griego family, who were allegedly gunned down by 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego, came to Calvary of Albuquerque on Friday (January 25, 2013) to remember one of their former pastors, Greg Griego, his wife, Sarah, and three of his young children.

The congregation inside the New Mexico mega-church prayed for the Griegos, for Nehemiah, who is in custody charged with the killings, and many were in tears as Annette Griego, one of Greg Griego's adult daughters, told those at the service that her father was a man whose heart was after God.

"My dad never gave up on me. He never gave up on any of us. He never stopped giving us Jesus and so I know he would want us to do the exact same thing for our brother, Nehemiah," she said. "So if you wonder where we stand, we stand alongside our brother."

"We stand confident that God will take this tragedy and use it for something good," she said.

A story posted on Yahoo News said, "Following a police escort, fellow chaplains and members of the Albuquerque Fire Department lined the procession for the memorial service held at one of the city's largest churches. Bagpipes played and the urns of former pastor Greg Griego, his wife Sarah and their three young children were carried into the church.

"Family members recalled Greg Griego's lumbering walk, his hearty laugh and his endless commitment to helping others to turn their lives around. His wife, known for her cooking, and their children were just as much a part of that ministry. The family was always a front-row fixture at church services."

Senior pastor, Skip Heitzig, said in a statement posted on the church's website, described his congregation as "stunned."

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Dan Wooding
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