Danni Reese Romig

By Danni’s mother, Dawn Romig:

Our daughter was 12 years old when she was beaten, raped and murdered.

The young man who did all this was 17 years old. He is now serving a life sentence with no parole in Pennsylvania.

Our daughter Danni Reese Romig was brutally beaten, raped , strangled to death and thrown in a river 11 days after her 12th birthday by a 17 year old “juvenile” who lived right around the corner from our home.

She was a 6th grader at South Mountain Middle School. She was very popular and had lots of friends who still love her, remember her, and miss her very much. She was very loving, caring, and vibrant, with amazing potential. She was just starting to blossom into a lovely young girl. She was discovering pretty clothes, and the value of brushing her hair.  She had a passion for animals. She dreamed that one day she would be a veterinarian. She also loved being a big sister. At home, she had a younger sister, Destiny and a new baby brother, Darryl Jr. Danni loved teaching him how to walk all around the house. She beamed with pride in helping him achieve his success. 

The day we buried Danni he walked all the way across the living room by himself for the very first time. We like to think she was right there with him holding his little hands helping him along. Danni was a loving and nurturing big sister to Destiny also. Danni and Destiny were the very best of friends. They shared a bedroom together and they loved every minute of it. They played games, played with dolls, drew and colored pictures, and rode their bikes together. Unlike a lot of sisters who argue and fuss, Danni and Destiny learned from each other to love and share the tender experiences of their young lives. 

I give tremendous credit to Danni for contributing to the kind and loving young girl that Destiny is today. I see Danni every day, in Destiny; with the love she has for her little brother.  Danni definitely taught her well how to be a great big sister.

See Danni’s mom discuss the crime on YouTube 


5 Responses to Danni Reese Romig

  1. Brandi Mazaika says:

    My name is Brandi… I am now 15 years old. 8 years ago, I found out my half-sister was murdered. I was devastated, even though I myself hardly knew her…. Danni will always be in my heart. Today, I searched her online and I was so surprised to find as many sites as I did for her. She will never go unremembered, for sure.
    Love always, Brandi

  2. Alyx Mazaika says:

    This happened to my sister, Danni Reese Romig, 9 years ago. I will never forget that day in my life, the day I heard the news that my older sister was murdered. I wasnt too sure at the time what to think. This was also the first time I ever saw my Adoptive father cry. He didn’t cry for him, but he cried for me. Because he knew that that this would be just the start of a terrible coursre of things in my life that will go wrong. I miss my sister…why did this happen to her? I now know she is in a better place, and that she is watching over me and guideing me each and every day.

  3. Cheryl Romig says:

    Danni was the first girl born in the family. I was such a proud grandmother that day, little did I know what the future held for her. I would give anything for her to be here with us again. She is in my heart forever, till we meet again sweetheart–nana misses and loves you always

  4. Guest says:

    Danni was the first girl born in the family. I had three boys and my first grandchild was a boy so when she came along I was thrilled. The future was not on our side though. My heart was ripped out that day. You are in my thoughts everyday. We will meet and hug again in a better place.

  5. Missy Hartney says:

    I just read the article in The Morning Call about the resentencing. Can the community stand with you? How can we help support your family and protest this injustice?

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