(The Center Square) – A 36-year-old caseworker with the Department of Children and Family Services was stabbed to death while working on Tuesday.
Deidre Silas was responding to a call in Thayer, south of Springfield, Tuesday where she was stabbed to death. Law enforcement officials say children were present. WICS reported Benjamin Reed was arrested in connection to the crime late Tuesday in Decatur.
“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,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There is no higher calling than the work to keep children and families safe and Deidre lived that value every single day. 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.”
DCFS Director Marc Smith said the agency was mourning a colleague.
“The Department of Children and Family Services is deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague, Deidre Silas,” Smith said in a statement. “Our most heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time. Social work is more than just a job, it is a calling. Deidre responded to this call and dedicated herself to the children, families and communities she served, and we will be forever grateful for her work. She was an incredible person, and her brightness and positivity will be missed not only by her family and friends, but also her second family at DCFS.”