Family, friends desperate for answers after murder of Santa Fe businessman

Crime

Robert Romero was shot and killed in his Santa Fe backyard nearly two weeks ago. 

His killer is still on the loose. Now, police are asking neighbors for help solving the case because right now, they only have a few clues. 

Those who know Romero believe this was a random killing and are desperate to find their friend’s killer. 

“I was crushed. Everybody that knew him was crushed,” said Michael D’Alfonso.

His friends describe him as a husband, father, successful business man and avid bike rider.

They are still trying to wrap their heads around this senseless killing. 

“The way his life came to an end, it had a whole different element of distraught and sadness and anger,” D’Alfonso said. 

According to police, on July 30 just before 2:00 a.m., Romero’s wife heard her husband screaming in their backyard in the Las Casita Neighborhood in Santa Fe.

She told police she saw him in a struggle with an unknown person wearing a gray sweatshirt. 

As she ran back inside to call for help, she heard a gun shot. 

“He killed a friend and we hope they find him,” D’Alfonso said. 

His friends believe the shooting was random. 

“He never raised his voice, I never witnessed it, and I can’t fathom that it would have been a planned type thing,” said Bob Vigil. 

Santa Fe Police are asking neighbors for surveillance from that night. Meanwhile, Romero’s friends say they are going to keep talking about their friend’s murder. 

“Just keep it on the forefront because at some point we hope somebody talks, somebody brags, anything,” Vigil said.

Besides the description of a man in a gray sweatshirt, a pair of black frame glasses were found in the backyard that did not belong to anyone in the family. 

The lack of description of the murderer is the reason police are asking anyone in the Las Casitas area if they have security camera video from July 30 to hand it over to police
 

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