Crime Ella French's Funeral Attended by Hundreds, Including Scores of Fellow Chicago Cops
Kind acts accentuated slain Chicago officer's brief career
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop was remembered Thursday for a brief career marked by compassion; for her fellow officers, a one-year-old gunshot victim she sped to a hospital, and the stray dogs she ferried to an animal shelter in her squad car. On the city's South Side, hundreds of police officers in their dress uniforms and other mourners sat in a packed church while an overflow crowd of hundreds more watched the funeral Mass of Officer Ella French on monitors outside the building. Top department officials, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and former Mayor Richard M. Daley were among the mourners at St.
Chicago police Officer Ella French's funeral Thursday morning was attended by hundreds of mourners, including scores of fellow Chicago cops wearing their dress blue uniforms, after she was fatally shot in the line of duty this month, the Associated Press reported.
French's casket was carried into the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel for the funeral where her family and friends, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, members from the Illinois Stateand the Chicago Fire Department as well as more were in attendance to remember her. On August 7, French, who was 29, was killed and another officer was critically injured during a routine traffic stop over an expired license plate when the car's passenger shot at them.
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The suspected shooter, Monty Morgan, 21, is being charged with first-degree murder of a peace officer alongside an attempted murder charge after his arrest. The man who prosecutors said drove the car, Morgan's brother Eric, 22, was also arrested and faces gun charges and an obstruction of justice charge.
French was the first Chicago police officer to be fatally shot in 2021 and the department's fifth female officer to die in uniform since 1988.
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The leader of Chicago's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Cardinal Blase Cupich, was scheduled to give the homily at French's funeral Mass.
Outside, a large American flag waved from atop the ladders of Chicago Fire Department trucks.
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The line of mourners entering the church walked past a photo of the smiling French with her dress gloves and baton. The ceremony began about 30 minutes late to accommodate the hundreds of others still waiting in line when the scheduled start time, 10 a.m., arrived.
As happens whenever an officer is killed in the line of duty, the green uniforms of the Illinois State Police, the white hats worn by members of the Chicago Fire Department, and uniforms from departments across the state and beyond were in attendance.
French is the first member of the department to be killed in the line of duty in nearly three years.
Though she is the first officer to be fatally shot in Chicago this year, she was just one of nearly 40 officers who have been fired upon—11 of whom have been struck by bullets.
The other officer who was shot, Carlos Yanez Jr., remains hospitalized. Though his condition, which was critical for several days, has improved, his father told the Chicago Sun-Times that doctors have thus far not removed two bullets lodged in his brain.
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Chicago saw a significant jump in homicides in August compared to the same time frame last year, highlighting the “difficult days” the police department faced in a month that saw one of their own violently killed. The Chicago Police Department said Wednesday that the city experienced 78 murders last month, a 22% increase compared to August 2020. In total, murders have increased 3% across the city compared to last year, the department said.
"They can't," Carlos Yanez Sr., a retired Chicago police officer, told the paper.
Yanez Jr.'s sister, Nicole Christina, a doctor who is coordinating her brother's medical team, told the Sun-Times that he lost an eye and has "no movement on left side of his body or his right leg."
The shooting suspect, Morgan, was shot in the abdomen by a third officer.
His brother was also arrested. Both were being held in Cook County Jail without bail.
A third man accused of acting as a straw purchaser to buy the gun used in the shooting faces federal gun charges.
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