NIU Murder Victim’s Remains Released To Family

DEKALB, Ill. (STMW) — Six months after Antinette “Toni” Keller was murdered, her family has not held a funeral.

There is no grave, no place for them to remember their 18-year-old daughter, who was starting a new chapter in her life as a freshman at Northern Illinois University when she was killed in October 2010.

That will change now that the DeKalb County prosecutor and public defender agreed Friday to release Keller’s ashes to her family. Select remains with potential evidentiary value will be kept at the DeKalb County Coroner’s office, a judge ruled Friday.

“It goes without saying they are looking forward to the day they can take their daughter home,” State’s Attorney Clay Campbell said of Keller’s family, who was not in court.

Keller, an art student, disappeared Oct. 14, telling friends she was going to a DeKalb park near campus to sketch. Two days later, some of her personal items were found next to burned remains.

William Curl, 35, of DeKalb, a frequent visitor to the park, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with murder, sexual assault and arson in the case.

The crime scene was torched, but DNA matched Keller to the scene in January.

Curl is being held on $5 million bond.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • sikas s

    this is the puurrrrrfect candidate for an execution, but they say execution is cruel and inhumane! THIS IS INHUMANE! The executioner simply injects a concotion into you and you go to sleep, like a dog at the vet. The people that wanted the death penalty banned were the minorities, because they were doing all the phu-ing murders! Just don’t kill people in the first place a holes!

  • Victor Pedretti

    I say, lets get inhumane with this SOB. Lets teach him the meaning of cruel and unusual!!!! Bring back the death penalty, &throw in an express lane while you’re at it!!!! $35,000 a year to keep him in prison. I can buy a bullet for about 45 cents… do the f@#$*%g math!!!!!!

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