Out of respect for Antonio Lemon and his loved ones, all photos were taken only before or after the memorial service.
On November 20 at 7:30 p.m., the University of St. Francis (USF) held a memorial service for former student Antonio “Tony” Lemon in the Turk Theater. Lemon, 21, was found in DuSable Harbor after being missing for two days. Lemon was found along with his friend, Joey Ramos, 22.
Dean of Student Life, Mollie Rockafellow, emailed the USF community about the tragic loss on November 19 stating, “USF is saddened to share the news that former student Antonio ‘Tony’ Lemon has passed away.” She reminded the community of additional counseling services that were being provided at USF and, only a few hours later, sent another email confirming the memorial service.
As the service started, Director of University Ministry, Jessica Peek, welcomed friends of Lemon and opened with a prayer. Candles were provided for every person in attendance and they were lit as a reminder of “...the light Tony was in all of our lives.” Followed was a moment of silence and then a few words from Sabrina Makhamreh and Heithon Hurdle. While they spoke, pictures of Lemon with family and loved ones were shown behind them on the projector screen.
To close the evening, Jessica Peek asked for memories of Lemon and prayers for him and his family to be written on small sheets of paper and pinned on one of four cork boards. Everyone was welcome to read the memories, enjoy coffee and tea donated by Sodexo and support one another during that time. Members of the university ministry and the counseling center were available for anyone needing additional services.