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Tributes paid to University of Suffolk lecturer Dr Antonella Castelvedere after man appears in court charged with her murder



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Tributes to a University of Suffolk lecturer who was allegedly murdered in her Colchester home have poured in this week.

Yesterday, police stood guard outside the home of Dr Antonella Castelvedere, situated on a leafy suburban road.

Well-wishers left floral tributes outside the house, one of which read: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this very sad event."

Dr Antonella Castelvedere. Picture: University of Suffolk
Dr Antonella Castelvedere. Picture: University of Suffolk

Locals said yesterday they were heartbroken for Castelvedere's daughter, aged six, who was at summer camp during the alleged murder.

One pub landlord said: "I just feel sorry for the little girl. She's going to live with this for the rest of her life."

A former student has described Castelvedere, who also taught an MA in Creative Writing, as a 'bubbly and positive person'.

Locals said yesterday they were heartbroken for Castelvedere's daughter. Picture: Essex Police
Locals said yesterday they were heartbroken for Castelvedere's daughter. Picture: Essex Police

The 28-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: "You can't believe that anyone would ever want to harm her.

"She was a force of nature. She had this aura of positivity and happiness."

The University of Suffolk said that Castelvedere was an 'outstanding' academic.

A spokesperson said yesterday: “The University of Suffolk community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Dr Antonella Castelvedere.

“Antonella was a widely respected and well-liked member of staff at the university where she was an outstanding academic in English and critical writing.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this very difficult time.”

This comes after Essex Police were called to a report of an injured man at a property in Wickham Road, Colchester, shortly after 11.45am on Wednesday, June 1.

Officers arrived and found a man with injuries and Dr Castelvedere, 52, who was pronounced dead a short while later.

Ertan Ersoy, 50, of Wickham Road, Colchester, stood before Colchester Magistrates’ Court today charged with the death of Dr Antonella Castelvedere.

Ersoy was ordered to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow, June 9. He was remanded in custody.