New details are emerging Tuesday about a murder-suicide on Stony Point Road in Albemarle County. According to Albemarle County police, on August 28, 2012, 19-year-old Noah Romando shot and killed his mother, Elizabeth Walton, and his younger siblings - Lily and Andrew Romando.
Copies of a search warrant obtained by NBC29 details what was recovered from the scene, as well as what emergency operators heard. Warrants now show Noah used a firearm in the killings. Police say he shot his mom and his siblings before turning the gun on himself.
The warrant says the emergency communications center received a call at 11:43 last Tuesday night from the 300 block of Stony Point Road in Albemarle County. The caller said people had been shot. The operator then heard a gunshot before the call ended.
Albemarle County Police Department spokesperson Carter Johnson said, "Based on the 911 call we did respond with a priority one, knowing that there were people in the home who were possibly deceased at the time they arrived."
The responders attempted to save at least one life.
"Anytime you receive a 911 call like that where you when you hear that there are possibly victims involved or gunshot wounds, then you respond ready to preserve life if that's a possibility," Johnson said.
Police say they found three of the family members dead in the home. Relatives told NBC29 Andrew Romando, the youngest child, later died at the hospital.
The warrant also reveals that a handgun was observed in the home. Five shell casings were found and removed, as well as a rifle, bed sheets, a cellphone, and other items. But police are still providing few further details.
Johnson said, "This is a little different because we do believe the suspect is among the deceased, but it's still an active investigation and we're still looking into every possible scenario."
Several memorials have been held for the family in the past week. Last Wednesday, a prayer service was held at the family's church, the Church of the Incarnation on Hillsdale Road. Friday night, a memorial ceremony was held at Albemarle County High School just before the start of the Patriot's football game.
A memorial of photographs and flowers was set up in the courtyard of Albemarle County High School.
Tuesday afternoon, Charlottesville Catholic School hosted a scrapbook-making memorial for friends and family of the Romandos.
Charlottesville Catholic School Principal Michael Riley said, "It was the least that we could do to reach out and give children a place to come together to express their memories and remember and grieve together as a community."
A funeral was held for the entire family 7:30 Tuesday night at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Alderman Road.
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