The woman who was stabbed Tuesday afternoon has been identified. Regional Radio News erroneously identified her as being from Thayer but that is not the case. That is where the stabbing occured. The woman's name is Deidra Silas, a Department of Children and Family Services' Employee. She was performing a home visit in Thayer when she was stabbed to death by 32 year old Benjamin H. Reed.
State Senator Doris Turner spoke out about the incident saying "The senseless death of Deidre Silas, a DCFS investigator who dedicated her career to helping at-risk youth, is devastating, My heart goes out to all who love her during this difficult time. The work is challenging, and can clearly be dangerous. One death in the line of service is too many. We must do a better job of protecting those who serve in positions like these."
Govenor JB Pritzker also spoke on the incident saying, “Today, the State of Illinois mourns the loss of Deidre Silas, a DCFS caseworker and a hero, taken from us in the line of duty. There is no higher calling than the work to keep children and families safe and Deidre lived that value every single day,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Our most vulnerable are safer because she chose to serve. I can think of no more profound legacy. MK and I send our deepest condolences to her colleagues at DCFS, her family, and all who loved her.”
Reed is being charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.