Teen killed in “ter­ri­bly tragic story” iden­ti­fied

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kirk Mitchell

Au­thor­i­ties have named the 14-year-old boy who was fa­tally shot by a friend in Jef­fer­son County on Fri­day in what au­thor­i­ties are call­ing a “ter­ri­bly tragic story.”

Nathaniel Griego, who lived with his grand­par­ents in a Jef­fer­son County neigh­bor­hood, died Mon­day, three days af­ter he was shot to death, ac­cord­ing to Mark Tech­meyer, spokesman for the Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Griego was a fresh­man at Dakota Ridge High School.

“Every­one is stunned,” Tech­meyer said. “There was no de­lib­er­a­tion, no pre­plan­ning, no pre­med­i­ta­tion, no in­tent to kill.”

The 15-year-old sus­pect is be­ing held at the Moun­tain View De­ten­tion Fa­cil­ity for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a pos­si­ble charge of sus­pi­cion of reck­less man­slaugh­ter and be­ing a ju­ve­nile in pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun, Tech­meyer said. He de­clined to name the sus­pect be­cause he is a ju­ve­nile.

“They were good friends,” Tech­meyer said. “One of them got a hold of a gun and the re­sult is we’ve got a dead boy.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 3 p.m. Fri­day in­side a home near West Bowles Place and South Simms Street. The sus­pect had pos­ses­sion of a gun owned by one of the fam­i­lies.

Tech­meyer said he is not re­leas­ing de­tails about the cir­cum­stances that led to the shoot­ing.

Af­ter shoot­ing his friend, the sus­pect took the hand­gun he used and ran from the house, Tech­meyer said. He ditched the gun on one of the hog­back ridges near C-470 and Bowles Av­enue.

Tech­meyer said be­cause he ditched the gun, the teen is also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. Af­ter his ar­rest, the boy led deputies to the lo­ca­tion where he hid the gun.

“He talked with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. We have no con­cerns there was any­thing else that was go­ing on,” Tech­meyer said. “This type of sit­u­a­tion — every­one in­volved had their life al­tered in some way.”

Of­fi­cials at Dakota Ridge High School said they will have sup­port staff avail­able to stu­dents on the af­ter­noon of Jan. 5 when the staff re­turns from win­ter break and again on Jan. 9 when stu­dents re­turn.

A Gofundme page has been set up to help the fam­ily pay for funeral ar­range­ments.

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