Greg Romano

Greg Romano

Birth
Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
4 Aug 1983 (aged 16)
Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot
N/A
Memorial ID
7735541 View Source

Greg Romano only lived a little more than
16 years, but he touched the lives of all
who knew him.

He was a great kid, an avid drummer, kind,
trusting, gentle, and he would have made a
very positive impact on his world, if only
his youthful "invincibility" had not led him
to an early grave.

On the night of August 3, 1983, Greg and two
friends were hired to set fire to a house,
in order for the owner to collect on an
insurance policy.

In the early hours of August 4, they entered
the small, vacant home in Pomona, Ca. and doused
the interior with fifteen gallons of gasoline.

Believing they had not used enough gas to do the
job properly, they locked up the house, and left
to refill the gas cans.

Close to an hour passed before they re-entered the
ticking bomb.

Greg, and his friend John, splashed more gasoline throughout the living room, making their
way into the kitchen, soaking the cabinets and
counter tops.

The third participant, Tom, suddenly panicked, and
bolted out the back door from the kitchen. As Tom's
feet left the back porch, a spark from an electrical appliance ignited the gasoline.

The air flashed into a split-second-inferno!

The house exploded, blasted the walls outward,
and lifted the roof fifty-feet into the air.

Tom was hurled across the back yard, through a wood fence.

When Tom regained his footing, he looked back to see both Greg and John completely ablaze. A few moments later, both collapsed into the blaze.

The owner of the house (Greg's boss and owner of a gas station in Culver City) was arrested and charged with manslaughter, and arson with the intent to profit.

He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Tom was given amnesty for his testimony against
the owner.

Greg Romano left behind a loving brother, heartbroken parents, family, friends, and a community deeply in shock.

Throughout the years, there have been many sad
happenings in my life, but I can honestly say,
his death was one of the most tragic events I have ever known.

It marked the end of our innocence.

Where ever you are Greg . . . know you will
never be forgotten.

God forgive his mistakes and bless him forever more.

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Greg Romano only lived a little more than
16 years, but he touched the lives of all
who knew him.

He was a great kid, an avid drummer, kind,
trusting, gentle, and he would have made a
very positive impact on his world, if only
his youthful "invincibility" had not led him
to an early grave.

On the night of August 3, 1983, Greg and two
friends were hired to set fire to a house,
in order for the owner to collect on an
insurance policy.

In the early hours of August 4, they entered
the small, vacant home in Pomona, Ca. and doused
the interior with fifteen gallons of gasoline.

Believing they had not used enough gas to do the
job properly, they locked up the house, and left
to refill the gas cans.

Close to an hour passed before they re-entered the
ticking bomb.

Greg, and his friend John, splashed more gasoline throughout the living room, making their
way into the kitchen, soaking the cabinets and
counter tops.

The third participant, Tom, suddenly panicked, and
bolted out the back door from the kitchen. As Tom's
feet left the back porch, a spark from an electrical appliance ignited the gasoline.

The air flashed into a split-second-inferno!

The house exploded, blasted the walls outward,
and lifted the roof fifty-feet into the air.

Tom was hurled across the back yard, through a wood fence.

When Tom regained his footing, he looked back to see both Greg and John completely ablaze. A few moments later, both collapsed into the blaze.

The owner of the house (Greg's boss and owner of a gas station in Culver City) was arrested and charged with manslaughter, and arson with the intent to profit.

He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Tom was given amnesty for his testimony against
the owner.

Greg Romano left behind a loving brother, heartbroken parents, family, friends, and a community deeply in shock.

Throughout the years, there have been many sad
happenings in my life, but I can honestly say,
his death was one of the most tragic events I have ever known.

It marked the end of our innocence.

Where ever you are Greg . . . know you will
never be forgotten.

God forgive his mistakes and bless him forever more.

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