Lily Romando updated her Facebook profile picture the day of her death.
According to the Facebook time stamp, Noah Romando also updated his profile picture less than four hours before his death, and friends made Tarzan jokes in comments under the photo of the 19-year-old swinging on a rope.
Yellow police tape surrounds the tidy home at 3880 Stony Point Road across the street from Stony Point Elementary School where, police say, a mother and her three children were killed last night in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
The deceased are 49-year-old Elizabeth Walton and her children, 19-year-old Noah Philip Romando, Lily Catherine Romando, and Andrew Ross Romando, both described by police only as "juveniles." According to Albemarle Police spokesperson Darrell Byers, three individuals were found dead in the home soon after a 911 call was placed at 11:43pm; a fourth was transported to UVA hospital and died of the injuries. A gun was involved in the incident, according to a police release, and Byers says that the transported victim is not the person suspected of committing the killings.
Walton, an ad exec at C-VILLE Weekly, worked under the name Beth McLaughlin. A post on the C-VILLE site this afternoon reveals she married Don Walton in June, two months after she started work for the paper, but kept her previous name professionally.
Facebook photos of the deceased show Walton as a a slim, smiling woman whose friends comment on her outer and inner glow.
"As usual, you look amazing! And happiness radiates from you!" writes one friend on a photo posted on August 5. By Wednesday afternoon, a memorial Facebook page for Lily Romando had drawn nearly 200 followers.
Police have not released details of the crime, but say they believe the killer is among the deceased. The investigation is ongoing, as neighbors struggle to believe the tragedy occurred so close to home.
"They were mowing the lawn yesterday," says neighbor Gilbert Scruggs, sitting on a tractor in his driveway and gesturing to the sprawling back yard where a soccer goal sits just beyond the police line.
According to Scruggs, Walton was renting the 960-square-foot single-story three bedroom house. The owner of that property, Margaret Fisk, could not be reached by posting time.