VICTORVILLE – A family is left with many unanswered questions and sadness after the murder of 43-year-old Roman Clemente of Apple Valley. On Sunday, February 19, 2017, at around 1:11 a.m Roman’s life was suddenly taken when a 22-year-old Victorville man, identified as Austin Lembcke, allegedly shot and killed him. The body of Roman remained on the road in front of a home in the 13800 block of Victoria Drive in the city of Victorville as homicide detectives searched for and collected evidence throughout the day following the murder. Lembcke was not immediately arrested, but turned himself in to authorities days later, on Tuesday, February 21st. The motive for the murder remains unknown at this time.
Roman was the oldest of five and was born on September 7, 1973. He grew up extremely close to his mother, who now is left to deal with the loss of her eldest son. Roman also leaves behind his father, who is also understandably having a difficult time coping with the loss of his son. Roman grew up in El Monte and when he grew older the family moved to Hesperia. Later, Roman became a proud father to three children and then a loving grandfather to seven grandchildren. His family is not only left to deal with the emotional aspects of his death, but they now face the financial burden of attempting to give Roman the proper burial.
A Go Fund Me Account has been set up on the family’s behalf in hopes that it will ease the financial stress surrounding the sudden loss of their loved one. The family is also working on setting up a car wash and yard sales, in Victorville and Apple Valley to help raise funds needed to properly lay Roman to rest.
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- Roman-Clemente: Submitted Photo