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Michael Hottelmann (right), Jenni Hottelmann (center) and
Rosetta Johnston (left) release water lanterns into the East Lagoon
as part of a memorial for Toni Keller Tuesday night.

Candlelight vigil held to honor one year anniversary of Antinette “Toni” Keller murder

By Chelsey Boutan | October 18, 2011

Thirty lit lanterns resembling sunflowers floated across the East Lagoon as Beatles and Pink Floyd songs played softly in the background. Members of the campus community released lanterns in remembrance of former NIU art student Antinette "Toni" Keller...

Elk’s Lodge to host safety seminar Nov. 1

By Linze Griebenow | October 18, 2011

A course on personal safety is scheduled to take place nearly one year after NIU freshman Antinette ‘Toni' Keller's tragic disappearance and murder. The ‘Refuse to be a Victim' seminar will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Elk's Lodge, 209 S....

Potential Curl witness required to testify

By Dave Gong | July 7, 2011

A DeKalb man charged with burglary is required to cooperate with any subpoenas to testify in the case against the alleged killer of NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller. According to court documents, Claude Day Jr., 32, was charged with the violation of...

William Curl

Curl defense receives apartment surveillance video, awaits DNA test on landfill shoes

By Kyla Gardner | June 21, 2011

Video surveillance tapes from the high-rise residence of William Curl, 34, the DeKalb man charged with the murder of Antinette "Toni" Keller, were turned over to his defense attorney during a status update today. Curl lived at Golden Years Plaza, a high-rise...

Keller family to receive remains

By Kyla Gardner | April 3, 2011

The family of slain NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller will receive some of her remains almost six months after her disappearance. The state's attorney and defense attorney for William Curl, 34, the man charged with Keller's murder, have come to an...

William Curl

Keller remains requested to be given to family for memorial

March 23, 2011

Remains of NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller will not be released to her family for a memorial service until a forensic anthropologist hired by the defense can review them. The matter was discussed Wednesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse during a...

Death penalty no longer possible in William Curl trial

By Junae Bennett | March 10, 2011

DeKALB | Prosecutors were considering seeking the death penalty against William Curl, the DeKalb man accused of murdering NIU student Antinette Keller. But that is no longer the case.On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that abolished...

Curl pleads not guilty to all counts

By Kyla Gardner and Shaun Zinck | February 22, 2011

SYCAMORE | William Curl, 34, pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder in the death of Antinette “Toni” Keller during an arraignment Tuesday afternoon. He also pleaded not guilty to one count of concealment of a homicide, one count...

William Curl, 34, of DeKalb, has been charged with the murder of NIU freshman Antinette Toni Keller.

Curl psychologically fit to stand trial, will be arraigned on Tuesday

By Kyla Gardner | February 17, 2011

William Curl has been deemed psychologically fit to stand trial. The decision was announced by Regina Harris, Curl's public defender, at a court status update Thursday morning. Curl, 34, is the man charged with the murder of Antinette "Toni" Keller. Curl...

Prairie Park remains identified as Keller; Curl’s next court date Feb. 17

By Kyla Gardner | January 17, 2011

Forensic analysts have identified the human remains found in Prairie Park on Oct. 16 as those of NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller. Forensic analysts were able to match DNA from a piece of femur bone to DNA swabs taken from Keller's mother and father,...

Adrianne Bassett, junior early childhood education major, checks out a customer at Potbelly, 1013 W. Lincoln Highway, on Wednesday night. The NIU Forensics team hosted a fundraiser at Potbelly for the Toni Keller Scholarship funds, with 25 percent of the profit going toward the scholarship.

NIU Forensics team hosts fundraiser to benefit Keller scholarship

By Leah Spagnoli | December 1, 2010

Students were able to chow down for charity on Wednesday night thanks to the NIU Forensics team. Twenty-five percent of the profits made at Potbelly Sandwich Shop from 5 to 8 p.m. were donated to the Antinette "Toni" Keller Scholarship Fund. "Potbelly...

Do us a favor and stop hating your school, and get involved

By Editorial Board | November 11, 2010

There's a problem on this campus that stinks to high heaven, and that problem is one of self-loathing. NIU is facing image problems stemming from the recent events revolving around the Antinette Keller homicide investigation, crimes close to campus and...