The officer’s physique was present in a private automobile behind Nathan Hale Elementary within the West Clearing neighborhood, close to W. 61st Road and S. Melvina Ave., in response to witnesses.
Ambulance 12 carried the officer’s physique to the Medical Examiner’s Workplace, the place police rank-and-file stood at consideration, saluted, and listened to CPD Supt. David Brown.
Supt. Brown launched an announcement, asking the general public to recollect the officer’s household.
“Being a police officer isn’t a simple job and our officers carry the load of the world on their shoulders,” Brown’s assertion learn. “They put their lives on the road for the individuals of Chicago, all whereas balancing their each day lives and caring for their households. On the finish of the day, these cops are solely human. It is so vital now, greater than ever, to keep in mind that.”
The physique was found earlier than college students arrived at Nathan Hale Elementary for summer season lessons, however the crime scene did not go unnoticed. Seventh graders took word of the bizarre scene behind their faculty constructing.
“After we first got here to high school there was two to 5 squad automobiles sitting again right here. There was a black Jeep Wrangler, and so they had a blue tarp excessive of it,” stated Anthony Ceska, a seventh grade scholar.
Since summer season faculty was in session, the principal put out an e mail to the college neighborhood. It stated there have been “no security threats” to the scholars.
The varsity cancelled out of doors recess. The principal’s e mail stated “no college students or employees” have been within the space on the time of the incident.
“It is simply unhappy to listen to and it is devastating as a result of we misplaced one other member of our neighborhood,” Ceska stated.
ABC 7 Chicago talked to Anthony Ceska along with his mom’s permission. The neighborhood, the thirteenth Ward, is residence to cops and firefighters.
Alderman Marty Quinn represents the neighborhood. “Our Chicago cops are brave and courageous but additionally pressured and dealing extra time to stem the violence within the metropolis,” Quinn stated in an announcement.
“It is simply devastating,” Ceska stated.
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