He died protecting his daughter. Now his family is talking about the terrible event, the night when they say 18-year-old Edgar Vieyra shot Librado Romero at his home on Wayland Drive early Monday morning.
"I saw my dad on the floor laid out and there was blood everywhere," described Ulises Romero, who arrived at his family's house just a minute too late. When he got there early Monday morning, he says Edgar Vieyra had pistol-whipped his older sister, and shot his mom and dad, all while trying to get to his younger sister, Vieyra's ex-girlfriend, the mother of their three girls. Romero says his dad blocked the way.
"Right where the hallway's at is my sister's room where his grand kids are, my nieces, all three of my nieces was and he was just there trying to block the way through, for him to get through. And because of that he got shot again."
Romero's mom is still in the hospital recovering from her gun shot wounds, ones to the chest, stomach, and neck. His father died from his injuries.
"He's always been real protective of us, since we was little kids."
Romero says his sister filed a protective order against Vieyra, but police say that didn't stop him from breaking into the family's home. Their father, a former police detective in Mexico, wasn't going to let Vieyra hurt his grandchildren.
"His last few minutes on the Earth was trying to protect them."
An advocacy group for domestic violence survivors is collecting donations to help pay for Romero's funeral.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can send a check to the address below:
Brenda D. Cowan Coalition
1364 Devonport Drive
Lexington, KY 40504
You're asked to write "Romero fund" on all checks.
For information on the fund, call the foundation at 859.276.4457, extension 232.