Man murders his parents and throws their bodies off bridge, years after he wrote 'I want to kill my parents'
Jose Ramirez confessed and said that he killed his parents, Bradley University English professor Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron at their home in Princeville
A 21-year-old man from Illinois was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree murder after he confessed to killing his mother and father and then throwing their bodies off a bridge.
Reports state that he was finally arrested after trying to stage a burglary at his house in an effort to deceive investigators.
According to police, Jose Ramirez confessed to the murder and said that he killed his parents, Bradley University English professor Susan Brill De Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron, at their home in Princeville on Friday morning.
Reports state that another man, identified as 20-year-old Matthew J. Roberts, has also been arrested in association with the crime. Roberts has been charged with concealment of a homicidal death and obstruction of justice, according to The Peoria Journal Star.
Although police officials have not released a motive for the killings yet, it was discovered that Ramirez once had written: "I want to kill my parents" on a bathroom mirror at the campus where they worked in 2011.
A police report was subsequently filed after the incident. Police officials said that they are currently collecting evidence to indicate that the 21-year-old had harbored a longstanding "hatred" for his parents. It is not yet clear how exactly the pair was killed for by their son.
While Susan Brill De Ramirez was an English professor at Bradley University in Peoria, her husband was a technology support specialist in the university’s IT department, according to reports. Both of them were 63 years old.
Ramirez and Robert's arrests were announced on Monday by Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell, however, investigators did not detail as to what evidence led to corroborate Ramirez’s confession. The sheriff, however, said they noticed signs of struggle and violence at the couple's home in Illinois. The details of how they were killed are yet to be revealed.
The Journal Star reported that investigators had focused their suspicion on Ramirez early on after tipsters called the sheriff's department to suggest that the 21-year-old was a possible suspect in the killings.