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Family seeking answers after man found brutally murdered

Brittany Costello
November 04, 2017 09:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque family is desperate for answers as its get ready to say goodbye to one of its own, nearly half a year after he went missing.  

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46-year-old Gregory Romero disappeared on June 3rd as he was biking to Isleta Casino, located just a short distance from his family’s home in the South Valley.

A month later his body was recovered in the Rio Grande; family members say he was brutally murdered on the Isleta Pueblo. So brutal, in fact, that Romero had to be identified using his dental records.

The case is being investigated by the Isleta Police Department, though they normally hand these types of crimes off to federal agencies.

Meanwhile, the family is now finally getting his remains back for a proper burial.

“His family found my brother in the river while they were riding their horses,” said Denise Walker, Romero’s sister.

“He was struck on the back of the head in a very disturbing way,” Walker added. “He was murdered.”

But why was he killed?  To his family, he was a loving father of four, a man who spent a little bit of time every day journaling in his Bible, leaving behind hidden messages of faith and love.

“He loved God and he would never have hurt anybody,” Walker said. “Whoever did this to him, my brother never would have done that to him.”

But Walker, a former police officer in Los Lunas, said he also had a high-risk lifestyle.  He had some problems himself, including several run-ins with law enforcement, alleged property crime and some substance abuse.

But none of that, she says, would have warranted his brutal death.

“It’s been very hard. It’s breath-by-breath for me and my mom and dad. We grew up together,” she said.

Now she's concerned a cold-blooded killer is still walking the streets.

“I know that there is God's law and man's law,” she said. “This person, they may get away with this by law enforcement. But they didn't with God.”

His family said he might have been attacked on his way home from the casino in June.  So they are asking anyone who may have information to contact the Isleta Police Department at 505-869-9704.

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