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Family of Slain Chicago Officer Decides Against Honors Memorial

July 11, 2010  | 

The family of Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg has decided not to have a police honors funeral and instead will have a private wake and "memorial celebration" on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Soderberg was killed Wednesday by Bryant Brewer, 24, a man with a history of crime and mental derangement.

Scott Simon of NPR produced a celebration of Soderberg, called "Honoring An Officer's Life, Artfully Lived," in which he reports on the officer's relationship with Mazen Istanbouli, a DePaul University political science professor and blind tri-athlete. Soderberg was also a tri-athlete.

Here's an excerpt from that report with a statement from the officer's wife to well-wishers:

His wife, Jennifer Loudon, is a social worker in the Chicago public schools. She has released a statement urging people who say they want to memorialize her husband to do so by doing something for others, like her husband.

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