Report by Paula Antolini, December 23, 2018, 7:05PM AM EDT
Emily Todd touched many lives in her short time on earth.
On this day before Christmas Eve, a sign that reads, “WE LOVE YOU EMILY” has been placed on the southwest corner of P. T. Barnum Square in Bethel, CT, facing Greenwood Avenue. The person who placed the sign is unknown at this time but the words reflect the hearts of many.
This same town property is the location where a Nativity scene and a controversial Atheist sign reside.
Emily Todd, 25, lost her life in Bridgeport, CT, and was found dead on December 9, 2018, on a beach in Bridgeport Harbor. Police say she died on Dec. 8th. The killer, Brandon Roberts, 26, a person she dated briefly and had broken off the relationship with, shot her in the back of the head. Brandon was arrested at his father’s home in Ohio on December 14th and charged with murder, felony murder, first-degree robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Emily was born on April 7th, 1993 in Portland, Maine to Stephen Todd and Jennifer Henry Lawlor. Todd graduated from Bethel High School in 2011 and is a 2016 graduate of Lesley University located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She lived with her mom, Jenn Lawlor, in Bethel CT and worked as a therapeutic recreation assistant at Saint John Paul II Center for seniors in Danbury, CT. She also spent summers in the community where her father, Stephen Todd, lives in Chebeague Island, Maine.
Calling hours were held at Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, on Friday, December 14th and a celebration of Emily’s life was held at the Bethel United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 15th with a reception following. A spiritual ceremony was also held in Chebeague Island, Maine, on Dec. 20.