UPDATE: Search Warrant Reveals Details in Albemarle Co. Murder-Suicide

September 4, 2012

The Sanctuary of Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlottesville was packed with family and friends of the victims of the homicides on Stony Point Road last Tuesday.

A search warrant for a home in Stony Point where four bodies were found in August reveals some more details about the incident.

Police have previously said Noah Romando shot his brother, sister, and mother before turning the gun on himself.

The search warrant reveals police found five shell casings and a rifle in the home. Police also took samples of gunshot residue from 19-year-old Noah Romando and his mother, Elizabeth Walton.

Court documents also indicate someone called 911 at 11:43 p.m. on Aug. 28 to report that people had been shot. The operator then heard the sound of a gunshot and the phone went dead.

A full copy of the search warrant is attached to this story.


The following is a press release from Albemarle County Police:

The Albemarle County Police Department is continuing its investigation into the homicide-suicide on Stony Point Road.

At this point in the investigation, we believe Noah Philip Romando is responsible for the deaths of his family members in the home.

Evidence has been submitted to the state lab for examination. We are waiting for those results so we can complete our investigation.

Additional information about the specifics of this case will not be discussed as the investigation is ongoing.


The Albemarle County Police Department has released the identities of those killed in what investigators say appears to be a homicide/suicide on Stony Point Road.

49-year-old Elizabeth Walton
19-year-old Noah Philip Romando
16-year-old Lily Katherine Romando
14-year-old Andrew Ross Romando


Investigators have confirmed a gun was used in the incident that left four people dead early Wednesday morning. Police say it's an "isolated incident" and there is no threat to the area. The crime scene is a stone's throw from Stony Point Elementary School. Officials say classes are scheduled to go on as usual.

August 29, 2012

Four people are confirmed dead after an overnight situation at a residence in the 3800 block of Stony Point Road.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, and multiple officers responded to the call.

Police say three people were found dead "within the residence," and one other person was transported to UVa Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The hospitalized person later died.

Police are not releasing how the people were killed. Police do not yet have a suspect.

Officers are still on the scene. Police say it is still early in the investigation, and they are formulating plans to move forward with it.

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