Vigil planned for Middletown homicide victim

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Teresa Vick is planning a vigil to honor Joe Romano, who was shot and killed in his Lafayette Ave home, for Saturday in front of his house.

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Teresa Vick is hopeful the 1500 block of Lafayette Avenue will be filled Saturday night with people remembering Joe Romano, who was fatally shot Friday in the kitchen of his home.

“I want everyone to come out for the vigil,” Vick said. “He deserves it. He was awesome … taken too soon.”

Joe Romano loved riding his motorcycle and making people laugh, according to his friends.
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Joe Romano loved riding his motorcycle and making people laugh, according to his friends.

Vick and her fiance rented their upstairs apartment to Romano, 47, for months before he moved to 1517 Lafayette. The neighbors shared camping trips and cookouts.

“He would help me with my horse,” Vick said. “He would take the lady down the street to work. He was always helping.”

Vick said Romano wanted to keep active despite some health conditions. He loved riding his motorcycle and making people laugh, she said.

“He was a big joker,” Vick said, pointing to a photo on a poster of Romano dressed as a baby for Halloween.

Vick, her daughter, and other family members have created bright posters for the vigil scheduled for 7 p.m. outside Romano’s house.

One poster reads: “We won’t rest until we have justice.”

Vick said that is how she feels.

“He deserves a vigil,” she said. “I hope it helps (in the investigation).

Teresa Vick, left, and her daughter Meghan Bray hold signs they made to honor Joe Romano, who was shot to death in his Lafayette Avenue home Nov. 4. Vick is organizing a candlelight vigil for Romano to take place Saturday night in front of his home. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Teresa Vick, left, and her daughter Meghan Bray hold signs they made to honor Joe Romano, who was shot to death in his Lafayette Avenue home Nov. 4. Vick is organizing a candlelight vigil for Romano to take place Saturday night in front of his home. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Romano was found about 8 a.m. by two people — Doug Hobbs and Paige Morris — described by police as housemates. His death has officially been ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office, who said Romano died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Hobbs and Morris have been charged with obstructing official business for allegedly not being truthful in their statements to detectives at the beginning of the investigation, according to officials.

Middletown Lt. Jim Cunningham said detectives have been conducting interviews. They are also trying to obtain residential security video to identify suspects.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Middletown police at 513-425-7700.