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Fearful family withholds names from shooting victim’s obituary

August 10, 2018

Family members of a Santa Fe man slain in his backyard in the early morning hours of July 30 withheld their names from his obituary, fearing for their safety.

“Due to the circumstances of Rob’s death and safety of the family, their names have been kept from this obituary,” they said in a notice published Tuesday in The New Mexican about a funeral scheduled Wednesday morning for 52-year-old Robert Romero.

More than a week after the fatal shooting of Romero, a husband and father, outside his home on Las Casitas, Santa Fe police haven’t made an arrest in the case and have released few details about the incident, which left residents shaken in the south-central neighborhood.

As officers continue investigating Romero’s death, department spokesman Greg Gurulé said the community at large is not in danger. He would not comment, however, on whether the safety of Romero’s family or the neighborhood is in jeopardy while a killer remains at large.

Police have said Romero was shot while confronting an armed man in his backyard near Herb Martinez Park. Gurulé would not comment on the nature of the altercation or say whether Romero and the suspect might have known each other.

Officers have increased patrols in the area, Gurulé said, and they are following several leads in the case. He declined to provide information on possible suspects.

Police have asked homeowners in the neighborhood to check their security camera footage for any signs of suspicious activity around the time of Romero’s death, but Gurulé would not comment on whether anyone has submitted video.

The day after the shooting, police asked the public to be on the lookout for a man who was reported lurking around homes and peering in windows in the 1000 block of Valerie Circle, not far from Las Casita. Gurulé declined to comment Tuesday on whether officers believe that man — described as 5-foot-5, between 25 and 35 years old, with a bald or shaved head and a tattoo on his back — might be tied to Romero’s death.

According to Romero’s obituary, a celebration of his life will begin with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Cristo Rey Church, with with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. and a reception afterward at the Water History Park across the street from Cristo Rey.

How to help

• Santa Fe police ask anyone who notices any suspicious activity or has home security video that may contain evidence related to the fatal shooting of Robert Romero to call police dispatch at 505-428-3710.

• If you have specific information about the shooting, call Detective Erica Montoya at 505-955-5282.

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