Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two teens killed along with mother in Virginia by 19-year old brother in murder/suicide

Lily Romando
Three people were found dead in an Albemarle County, Virginia home, and a fourth died in the hospital, in what appears to be a murder/suicide.

19-year old Noah Philip Romando apparently shot to death his mother, Elizabeth Walton, and his two younger siblings, Lily Romando and Andrew Romando, whose ages have not been released.

A motive or any information regarding the firearm have not yet been released.

From an article:
Andrew Romando
Noah Romando was remembered by friends Thursday as a happy young man, who apparently showed no signs of distress before the crime. According to his Facebook page, Romando was a 2011 graduate of Albemarle High School who worked at Harris Teeter and was attending Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Lily was an avid photographer and her memorial was decorated with signatures of friends and fellow students, as well as copies of her photographs tied to lilies.
Holding a film camera a student donated in her memory, photography teacher Susan Oliveri remembered a bright student who took to the craft quickly.
“She started photography in ninth grade and she was very enthusiastic and excited and sometimes that doesn’t last, but it lasted with her and it became her passion,” Oliveri said. “She had a bright smile, and every day she was so enthusiastic and the kids used to joke with me and say ‘Well, she’s your favorite.’”

Facebook groups sprang up Wednesday and Thursday memorializing both Lily and Andrew Romando. Lily Romando had a remembrance page that appeared to be exclusively maintained by former campers and counselors from the Camp Alleghany girls’ summer camp in West Virginia.
A search of Noah Romando’s name on Facebook turned up a private personal page. Remembrances of Noah Romando appeared on a second memorial page created for his sister and on the website of a group called the Satanic International Network.
County schools spokesman Phil Giaramita said the Romando children had attended Stony Point Elementary, Sutherland Middle School and Albemarle High School. The youngest brother, Andrew, was an eighth-grader at Sutherland this year.
“They were both very good students, and [Andrew] was very well-liked at Sutherland,” Giaramita said of the two younger Romandos. “It was just horrible, inexplicable really. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”
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