Crime

Coroner's office rules Lexington shooting a homicide

The Fayette County coroner's office ruled Thursday that the domestic-violence related shooting of a Lexington man was a homicide.

Librado Romero, 44, died of a gunshot wound he suffered Monday, according to a news release from the coroner's office. Romero was taken off life support Wednesday at University of Kentucky Hospital, his family said.

The official coroner's ruling was required before charges against the alleged shooter may be upgraded from assault to murder. Charges had not been upgraded Thursday, according to court records.

Romero was shot in the head in front of his daughter's bedroom door, where his grandchildren were asleep, his family told the Herald-Leader Wednesday. He was trying to keep the alleged shooter, Edgar Noel Vieyra of Georgetown, from entering the room, they said.

Romero had owned Tonitas, a small nightclub on Winchester Road for about five years, his family said.

Vieyra, 18, is the ex-boyfriend of Romero's daughter, Nallely.

Nallely Romero had taken out a domestic violence order against Vieyra last week, which set Vieyra off, the family said. A Scott County judge had ordered Vieyra to have no contact with Nallely or their three children and not to own any guns.

The shooting happened about 2:15 a.m. Monday at the Romeros' home on Wayland Drive. Librado Romero, his wife, Maria, and daughter Nallely were all shot. Maria and Nallely Romero are recovering.

The Brenda D. Cowan Coalition, an advocacy program for domestic violence survivors, is assisting the family by collecting donations for the funeral, the organization said in a news release.

"As a family, we're trying to do everything that he would have wanted as far as a funeral," said his son, Ulises Romero. "It's something pretty expensive that we can't take on on our own."

The funeral is scheduled to be held at Fuentas de la Vida, the Hispanic ministry at Lexington First Church of God, 505 Kingston Road, in Lexington at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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