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Family gives account of Santa Fe murder

SANTA FE — The wife of a Santa Fe real estate firm executive saw her husband fighting with an unknown man outside their home late last month before the assailant fatally shot her husband, according to a police search warrant affidavit.

Robert J. Romero, 52, was shot outside his home on Las Casitas, near Herb Martinez Park, around 2 a.m. July 30 before the shooter fled the scene. Romero, the comptroller and chief financial officer for Barker Realty and the father of two, died at the hospital. On Friday Santa Fe Police spokesman Greg Gurule said there’s no new information to release on the case.

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Robert J. Romero

A search warrant affidavit filed this week in Santa Fe District Court says Romero’s daughter called 911 and said her father had been shot and there was an intruder in their home. Officers got there and saw Romero lying in the backyard with what appeared to be a gunshot wound on the left side of his chest.

Romero’s wife told police that she awoke to her husband screaming her name multiple times from downstairs. “She ran downstairs and proceeded to go outside and observed her husband to be in a struggle with an unknown person in the backyard,” the affidavit says. She said the man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The woman said she heard a gunshot as she was going back inside and yelled for her daughter to call 911. She returned outside and saw her husband on the ground.

After Romero was taken to the hospital, his wife also found a pair of glasses in the backyard that she said didn’t belong to anyone in her family.

A single shell casing from a .357 magnum was found in the back yard. Police also took two bats and a fire poker from the home in addition to several other items.

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