Illinois State Police

Illinois Trooper Gerald Ellis to Be Laid to Rest at Funeral

Ellis is the third state trooper to die in a traffic crash so far this year

Note: You can watch the funeral service for Trooper Ellis live in the video player above beginning at around 10 a.m. CST.

An Illinois State Police trooper who was killed when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car will be honored in a funeral service Friday. 

State police say the funeral for 36-year-old Trooper Gerald Ellis will be Friday morning at the College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. Ellis will have a private burial.

Ellis died early Saturday in a crash along Interstate 94 in northern Illinois. He is the third state trooper to die in a traffic crash so far this year.

State police say Ellis grew up in Macomb and graduated from Western Illinois University. He served with the U.S. Army Reserves and joined the state police in 2008. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

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