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Bodies of missing parents found after son gets $3m bail


The son of Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron appeared in bond court Tuesday where the Sheriffs Office said it was unlikely they would find their bodies. A couple hours later, they were found in a river, in the condition their son had described allegedly leaving them.

“It’s hard to find a more despicable or evil act then the killing of ones own parents,” Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady said.

State’s Attorney Jerry Brady commenting on the alleged murders committed by Jose Ramirez, 21, of Princeville who County Sheriff’s Deputies said confessed to.

During Ramirez’s bond hearing the deputy described that confession where Ramirez allegedly admitted he pepper sprayed his parents, stabbed them, even possibly hitting them with a baseball bat.

“It’s a brutal murder. I can’t go into the details at this time,” Brady said.

The deputy would go on to tell the judge that Ramirez explained that he wrapped his parents in a tarp and a tent and that he was not alone. Ramirez claims Matthew Roberts, 20, of Princeville helped him, to what extent is still unknown. Roberts now faces charges of concealment of a homicidal death and obstruction of justice.

Both victims worked at Bradley University, Susan Brill De Ramirez as an English professor and the Coordinator for the Graduates Studies Program. Antonio Ramirez Barron as a technology specialist.

Those who knew them said they left a lasting impression.

“Definitely always remember her, she wasn’t the kind of person you could forget because she always was everywhere, everywhere she was needed she was there,” English Masters Student at Bradley University Anna Berlinger said.

The couple was last seen on Thursday, until their bodies were found in northwest Peoria County.

“We got called out here for 2 bodies that were found. The suspect is obviously from the news earlier this week that these are the victims of the alleged homicide,” Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said.

Harwood later confirmed to 25 News the identity of the bodies found as the missing couple and said they were discovered at 4:30 p.m. An hour-and-a-half earlier, the judge gave Ramirez a $3 million bail and said he could face life in prison is he is convicted.

Autopsies on both bodies are scheduled to be done on Wednesday. Jose Ramirez is due back in court on Nov. 29.

Stephanie Rodriguez

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