Memorial Set for Slain Chicago Officer

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Jul 12, 2010  |  Updated 7:24 PM CDT
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Memorial Set for Slain Chicago Officer

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Chicago police officer Thor Soderberg

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The family of slain Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg has decided not to have the traditional honors funeral normally held for officers killed in the line of duty.

Instead, the family is planning to hold a private wake and a "memorial celebration," according to the Chicago Police Department.

A visitation will be held Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Malec and Sons Funeral Home, at 6000 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Both are open to the public.

Soderberg, 43, was killed Wednesday afternoon. Bryant Brewer, 24, allegedly struggled with the officer, grabbed his service weapon and shot him three times in a parking lot outside a police station at 61st and Racine.

Brewer, who was then shot and wounded by officers, is recovering at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. A judge Friday ordered Brewer held without bond on charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

The last slain Chicago Police officer, Thomas Wortham IV, received an honors funeral. He was gunned down in May while off-duty in a robbery attempt outside his parents' South Side house.

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