‘They were perfect for each other’: Friends remember Weber, Getzelman

By Shaun Zinck and Melissa Mastrogiovanni

Education philosophy instructor Molly Swick remembers when Alexis “Lexi” Weber first walked in her class.

“I first met Lexi when she enrolled in my EPFE 201 class during the spring of 2009. I loved her energy and wit from the start,” Swick said. “Lexi brought excitement to our class. She was always ready to learn and talk about the world.”

Weber, 21, was killed Monday night in a car accident.

Sycamore Police Lt. Darrell Johnson said a female was driving a Ford pickup truck south bound on Route 23 near Plank Road at around 5:30 p.m.

Johnson said that, according to eyewitness reports, the pickup truck collided with a Pontiac going eastbound on Plank Road. Johnson said the Pontiac appeared to have the right of way when the accident occurred.

Weber was a passenger in the Pontiac, which was driven by her boyfriend, Timothy T. Getzelman, 21, of Sycamore.

Getzelman was pronounced dead at around 6:12 p.m. Weber was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, where she was later pronounced dead.

Both Getzelman and Weber died of blunt trauma to the head, neck and chest.

Weber was an NIU elementary education major and was on track to graduate in December 2011, said Brad Hoey, team leader of NIU’s Media Relations and Internal Communications.

Weber’s friends could not believe the news when they heard it.

“I thought it was a joke,” said Monica Burke, senior elementary education major and close friend of Weber. “I had tried to call her. I called her phone at 6:10 p.m., which happened to be two minutes before Tim was pronounced dead. I didn’t get an answer from her. I didn’t think twice about it and then I had logged onto Facebook a couple hours later and saw all the RIPs, RIPs, RIPs.”

Weber and Getzelman had been dating for at least three years, Burke said.

“They were perfect for each other,” Burke said. “Thinking about everything and how it happened; the only positive thing is that they went together; because I couldn’t imagine either one of them being here without the other. And the fact that now that they’re together it’s kind of settling knowing that she has someone so close with her still.”

Weber was involved with the local organization Feed’em Soup, and in the fall of 2009, Weber became a teaching assistant for Swick.

Weber also would babysit, housesit and pet sit for Swick. During that time, Swick said she had great conversations with Weber. Weber would talk especially about her mom being her best friend.

While the investigation is still ongoing, Johnson said police believed the weather was not a factor in the accident.

“The road appeared dry when officers where on the scene, but that obviously changed very quickly,” he said.

The driver of the pickup truck received medical attention but was not injured Johnson said. No charges or tickets were issued because the investigation’s pending status.

“We would like to encourage anyone that may have been a witness to this accident to contact the Sycamore Police Department,” Johnson said.