Family of Slain Chicago Officer Decides Against Honors Memorial

His wife, Jennifer Loudon, 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.

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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