Son Fatally Stabbed His Parents Because He Was 'Sick Of Them,' Illinois Police Say

Jose Ramirez, 21, has been charged in connection with the deaths of his parents, Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron.

November 01, 2018

Jose Ramirez, Susan Brill de Ramirez, and Antonio Ramirez Barron [Peoria County Jail / Provided]

Jose Ramirez, Susan Brill de Ramirez, and Antonio Ramirez Barron [Peoria County Jail / Provided]

By: Catherine Townsend

PEORIA, IL — The son of a Bradley University professor and her husband has confessed to fatally stabbing them and then wrapping their bodies in a tarp and throwing them in an Illinois river, according to police.

The bodies of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron were pulled out of the Spoon River on Tuesday.

Their son, 21-year-old Jose Ramirez, has been charged with first-degree murder after police say he admitted killing his parents.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said that Ramirez told investigators he dumped the bodies from a bridge, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

Deputies found blood and signs of a struggle in the family residence.

Susan and Antonio, both 63, were last seen on Thursday. Both went to work at Bradley University in Peoria. She was an English professor, and he worked in the school's IT department.

Peoria County Assistant State's Attorney Dave Kenny alleged Tuesday during a bond hearing that Ramirez told friends he was "sick of his parents" and that he'd killed them on Friday.

Prosecutors alleged that Ramirez waited until his parents were sleeping and then went into their bedroom, where he pepper-sprayed them before stabbing his father in the stomach and the neck. He then allegedly turned on his mother, and stabbed her multiple times.

Ramirez then wrapped his parents’ bodies in a tarp and a tent, transported them in his father's SUV, and dumped them in a waterway.

His friend Matthew Roberts, 21, has been charged with obstruction of justice and concealment of a homicidal death.

Asbell said investigators had no evidence that indicated that Roberts was involved in the killings, but said they believed he knew that Ramirez had committed the crime.

Ramirez’ bond has been set at $3 million. His next court date is November 29.

Read more: ABC 7 Chicago

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