The death of two Bradley employees has now shaken the university at its core. Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron were killed last week.
The couple, described as “highly intellectual,” was well loved, a vigil in their honor was filled with friends, students, and colleagues Thursday night.
“You have lost two precious precious colleagues contributors to this university,” said one speaker well acquainted with the couple.
Susan worked as a Caterpillar Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies for Bradley’s English department. Tony served as a technology support specialist for the college’s Information Resources and Technology department.
“She very supportive,” said one of Susan’s English students, Destiny Abercrombie. “She helped a lot of the department when it came to internships or knowing about fulltime jobs.”
One Communications professor speaking about Tony said, ” He had this incredible ability when you called him in panic to calm you,” the man said. “Not only to fix the problem, but to fix your angst.”
Both well known for their strong Baha’i faith, it was only fitting to end the vigil with a prayer.
“This is not only a tragic loss for current Bradley students and alums,” said Brooke Engerman referencing Susan. “But this is also a loss for all future students who will never be able to take one of her classes.”
The couple’s quaint and quiet Princeville home now sits empty, while the Bradley community’s hearts sit heavy.