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One year later: The legacy born from tragedy
Romina Mulloy and her son, Ariel
It has been one year since the Forest Meadows neighborhood in northwest Lake Highlands lost a much loved family in a house fire.

Late on the night of November 11, 2009, the Mulloy-Bossio/Levine family’s home caught fire, and all three members of the family, Michael Levine and his wife Romina Mulloy-Bossio, along with their almost five year old son, Ariel, passed away.

Romina Mulloy-Bossio was an attorney for the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. Not only was Romina an accomplished attorney, but she was also a very active community volunteer.

Romina was “one of the most outstanding, giving individuals you will ever meet,” said her close friend and co-worker, Omar Alaniz. “Until her death, nobody completely appreciated just how amazing she was and how much she did for the community.”

Romina chaired a Baker Botts committee to support educational and social programs at DISD’s Julius Dorsey Elementary School. She also chaired the Dallas Bar Association’s Law in the Schools committee, volunteered at the Genesis Women’s Shelter and served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Contemporary.

What was most amazing about Romina, according to Alaniz, was that despite her strong work ethic and many volunteer duties, she still put her family first. “She rarely ate lunch so she could leave work early enough to spend some quality time with her husband and son,” said Alaniz.

Michael Levine was self employed and worked from home, taking on the role of stay at home dad to their son, Ariel, who would have turned six this month.

According to all who knew Michael, he was a fiercely dedicated father and husband. “I know it sounds cheesy, but he really was the wind beneath Romina’s wings,” said the family’s neighbor and close friend, Linda Gould.

“Michael was an avid golfer, a New Yorker with a dry sense of humor, who had a love of practical jokes. Most of all, he was the most amazing dad and husband. He and Romina were a team. He was her biggest supporter,” said Gould.

Although the loss or the Levine family has caused great sadness in all who knew them, the Levine family’s friends and neighbors “made sure their lives had impact and that they did not go quietly,” says LaTonya Hadnot, librarian at Julius Dorsey Elementary.

The loss of the Levine family inspired many good deeds.

Baker Botts, SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Moss Haven Moms organization all sponsored children’s book drives in the family’s honor. More than $2,500 and 1,500 books were donated to the library at Julius Dorsey Elementary School.

The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship Foundation established the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a law student who will work with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, which provides free legal services to low income residents.

Further, the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas has established the Romina L. Mulloy Award for Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyer that will be presented each year.

The Moss Haven Moms organization raised more than $1,500 on behalf of the Levine family.

These funds went towards creating a slide show for the family’s funeral and photo CD’s for each of Romina and Michael’s family members. The remaining funds will be donated to the Romina Mulloy-Bossio Memorial Scholarship fund and to the re:vive Foundation which aids families in sudden need.

Although rumors about the cause of the fire spread quickly through the neighborhood, Captain Clark, fire and arson investigator for the Dallas Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is undetermined although the case remains open.

“My daughter loved her neighbors and her neighborhood. She was proud to be a Moss Haven mom. As a father, I want my daughter and her family’s loss to have as much meaning as their lives had meaning,” said Jerry Mulloy, Romina’s father.

Without a doubt, Romina and Michael’s love and good deeds will be paid forward for many years to come.

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