According to the Albemarle County Police Department, our co-worker and friend, Elizabeth Walton, was killed in an apparent murder-suicide around 11:45pm on Tuesday, August 28, at her home in the 3800 block of Stony Point Road. Also killed were her children: Noah Philip Romando, Lily Catherine Romando, and Andrew Ross Romando.
According to the police, three people were found dead at the scene, and a fourth was transported to UVA Medical Center and died shortly after arrival. A gun was involved in the killing, and police believe the suspect is among the deceased.
Beth, who grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia, began working at C-VILLE Weekly as an account executive in our advertising department April 30, 2012. She was married in June to Don Walton, but kept the name Beth McLaughlin professionally. Prior to working at C-VILLE, Beth worked at Charlottesville Family and Charlottesville Catholic School.
The death of Beth and her children is a devastating tragedy we are only just beginning to process. Our hearts and minds are with her family and friends, and out of respect for their privacy, we have no more information to contribute at this time. We understand that Albemarle County Police Department investigators are still working on the case, and we respect their processes.