In 2010, Romeo was killed by hunters.
It was such a tragic way for Romeo to lose his life. Here, he had been giving all of his sweetness to Nick and the community and someone else, an outsider, took that for granted and made a horrible decision to shoot and kill him. The community was reeling from this news, as by that time, Romeo had become a staple of their neighborhood.
There would no longer be any visits to the lake or getting to watch Romeo play with their dog or children in the park. This hunter had stripped poor Romeo of the life that he deserved.