Slain Army Vet Receives Posthumous College Degree

Maribel Ramos, whose body was found May 16, was awarded a posthumous degree from Cal State Fullerton

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    Maribel Ramos, in the photograph, was awarded a posthumous bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Her body was found on May 16, 2013 in an Orange County canyon.

    Family members of Maribel Ramos, whose life was cut short three weeks before graduation, celebrated her life on Sunday as she was honored with a posthumous degree from Cal State Fullerton.

    Ramos’ name was read among the “Class of 2013” who received their bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice at a commencement ceremony on campus.

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    Maribel Ramos, an Orange County Army veteran and Cal State Fullerton student, has been missing for five days as of Tuesday. There are few clues about what happened, but police say her disappearance is suspicious. Family and friends are passing out flyers, hoping someone may have seen or heard from her. Hetty Chang reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 7, 2013. (Published Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

    “We’re so proud of you, Maribel,” said her cousin, Andrea Leonardo. “We love you. We’re going to miss you. You’ll always be in our hearts.”

    Investigators found Ramos’ body in Modjeska Canyon, an unincorporated area of Orange County in the Santa Ana Mountains, on May 16 after friends reported her missing 13 days earlier, prosecutors said.

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    The roommate of missing Cal State Fullerton student and Army veteran Maribel Ramos spoke out Wednesday about her disappearance. Friends say this behavior is out of character for Ramos, who has missed important events at her college, and has not shown up to work in days. Vikki Vargas reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 8, 2013. (Published Wednesday, May 8, 2013)

    Her former roommate, Kwang Chol Joy, 54, of Orange, was charged in connection with Ramos’ death.

    Joy is accused of getting into an argument with Ramos on May 2 after she told him to move out of the home because he was not paying his rent, prosecutors said.

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    A body found near Modjeska Canyon in Orange County has been identified as that of Maribel Ramos, an army veteran reported missing since May 2. At a news conference on Friday, police announced her roommate has been arrested in connection with Ramos' death. Hetty Chang reports from Orange for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 17, 2013. (Published Friday, May 17, 2013)

    That night, Ramos was seen on video surveillance dropping off a rent check at the property manager’s office. It was the last time she was seen alive, officials said.

    Officials found Ramos' body off Santiago Canyon Road during a search. The body was identified the next day, but the cause of death remains under investigation.

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    Kwang Chol "K.C." Joy was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Maribel Ramos murder. In a Craigslist ad, he wrote he recently moved to Orange County from Tennessee. Court records in the state show a warrant was out for Joy s arrest after he failed to show up to court for a DUI charge. John Cadiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 17, 2013. (Published Saturday, May 18, 2013)

    Joy was arrested May 17.

    While Ramos’ family struggles to find answers, they took a moment on Sunday to reflect on her posthumous achievement.

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    Maribel Ramos' younger sister Lucy Gonzalez said her sister "accomplished all her goals." Ramos' body was found in the wilderness in Orange County and her roommate has been arrested in connection with the slaying. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 17, 2013. (Published Saturday, May 18, 2013)

    “We’re very proud of her,” said another cousin, Susana Molina. “She was waiting for this day.”

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