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Son, 21, Confesses to Fatally Stabbing Parents in Bed

Bodies of Illinois professor and her husband have been found
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2018 11:20 PM CDT
This Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, booking photo provided by the Peoria County Jail in Illinois shows Jose Ramirez, who was charged Monday with first-degree murder after he confessed to killing his parents,...   (Peoria County Jail via AP)
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(Newser) – An Illinois college professor and her husband were last seen Thursday and were reported missing Sunday night by a relative. The next day, their son told investigators he killed them both. And after two days of what the Peoria Journal Star calls "feverish" searching, their bodies were found Tuesday. Prosecutors say Jose Ramirez, 21, told his friends he was "sick of his parents," who both worked at Bradley University in Peoria. The bodies of Susan Brill de Ramirez, an English professor, and Antonio Ramirez Barron, who worked in the school's information technology department, were found in Spoon River, the AP reports. Both were 63. Ramirez, who was arrested Monday, faces first-degree murder charges.

Ramirez allegedly told authorities he killed his parents Friday; they last reported to work on Thursday. Prosecutors allege he waited until they were asleep, entered their bedroom and used pepper spray as a distraction, then stabbed his father in the neck and stomach. When his mother woke up, they allege he stabbed her too. He then allegedly wrapped their bodies in a tarp and a tent, put them in his father's SUV, and dumped them from a bridge about 40 miles from his parents' home; he was unfamiliar with that area and couldn't give police an exact location. One of his friends is charged with obstruction of justice and concealment of a homicidal death; investigators say they have no evidence he was involved but that they believe he knew Ramirez killed them. (Her parents were murdered. She's missing. And a burglar was found with her clothes.)

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