Hundreds arrived in Deerfield to mourn the loss of Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife Zorine, 70, who died when their car was battered with debris from a derailed freight train. NBC 5 Sharon Wright reports.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral services for a Glenview couple killed in a freight train derailment north of the city.
About 700 people showed up Sunday afternoon at B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield to mourn the death of Burton Lindner, 69, and his wife Zorine, 70.
The couple, married for nearly 50 years, died Wednesday when their car was battered with debris from a derailed freight train. The train, carrying coal, derailed when the bridge collapsed.
Lindner was the founding and senior partner for his law firm, Lindner & Lindner, where he had been practicing law since 1970.
"Burt and Zorine were just two fantastic people, well-loved by everyone," said attorney Michael LaMonica on Friday. "They traveled together. They volunteered together. They were super close with their family."
On Friday, attorneys for the couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific on behalf of the Lindner estate and requested cleanup work be stopped.
"Right now, we're seekers of the truth," said attorney Erron Fisher, "and we're trying to find out what happened and why it happened, and clearly, in any community, it's not acceptable for trains traveling through to fall off the track and crush two lovely people."