CHICAGO — Mourners paid their respects to fallen Chicago police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo at a 6-hour wake Friday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home.
Mamolejo and Officer Conrad Gary were struck and killed by a commuter train Monday while pursuing a shooting suspect. A man has since been charged in the incident.
Marmolejo is a father of three. Before joining the police department, he worked as an emergency room technician at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Friends said Marmolejo was overjoyed to be able to join the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He appreciated the city and wanted to serve.
Marmolejo and Gary are the third and fourth Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty this year. Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot dead in February while pursuing a person of interest in a shooting downtown. Officer Samuel Jimenez was gunned down last month in the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center shooting, which also took the lives of an emergency room doctor and a pharmacy resident.
Funeral services for Marmolejo will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel. WGN will carry the funeral live on Channel 9 and wgntv.com.
Funeral services for Gary were held Friday.