Thursday, May 27, 2010

Funeral arrangements set for slain police officer

Funeral arrangements are set for Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV who was shot to death last week in a robbery attempt across from his parent's home in the Chatham neighborhood.

Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A wake is scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St., with the funeral expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Lincoln Cemetery in southwest suburban Alsip.

Wortham, a three-year police veteran and Army National Guard first lieutenant who recently returned from a second tour of duty in Iraq, was shot late Wednesday when police say four men tried robbing him of his new motorcycle outside of his parents' Chatham home.

Wortham's father, a retired police sergeant, fatally shot one of the alleged robbers and critically wounded a second. Two others escaped at the time, but one surrendered and the other was arrested during a traffic stop. Both have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

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