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Slain Officer Laid to Rest

Service at Trinity United Church of Christ



    (Published Friday, May 28, 2010)

    Funeral services were held Friday for an off-duty officer killed during a robbery attempt.

    Bagpipes played and more than 100 Chicago police officers and cadets lined the street as the casket of Officer Thomas Wortham IV was carried out of Trinity United Church of Christ on the city's South Side.

    Mourners crowded into the church to pay their respects to Wortham, who joined the police department in June 2007.  He died last week when four men tried to steal his motorcycle.

    "He was murdered by cowards who had nothing, nothing to offer society," said Chicago police Sup. Jody Weis.  "As a society we must say 'Enough is enough!"

    The officer's mother, Carolyn Wortham, told mourners that it's OK to grieve but that they shouldn't be angry. She urged them instead to follow her son's example and work to improve their community.

    "I want you to remember the words that Tommy lived by: May the work that I've done speak for itself," she said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) were also in attendance.

    "The people of Chicago have lost a compassionate man," said Daley.  "Every Chicagoan owes Thomas Wortham a debt of gratitude."

    He was also a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard and had returned from a deployment to Iraq on March 30.

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