Hope, Fear at Slain Officer's Visitation

On the eve of 30-year-old police officer Thomas Wortham's funeral, hundreds of his fellow police officers comforted one another at the visitation at Leak and Sons Funeral home on the south side.

Former police superintendent Terry Hillard was there. "When is it going to stop?" He said, referring to the violence.

Police officers, family members, and even complete strangers hugged and reminsced about Wortham -- or just talked about the violence plaguing their streets.

Walter Brown, a field training officer at the 7th district who trained Wortham when he was a cadet, said Wortham's death had affected police morale.

"All the recruits come out nervous and scared," Brown said. "But since he had the military background, he just excelled."

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