CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer who was killed in the line of duty was laid to rest Thursday.
City officers and cops from across the country bid farewell to Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso, who was shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic violence call in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
The funeral procession began at 9:30 a.m., leaving from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn, located at 4727 West 103rd Street. The processional then headed to St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel at 7740 South Western Avenue, where the funeral mass service was held.
Loved ones received the casket at Thursday’s emotional funeral mass on the Southside of Chicago.
“Now I know his sacrifice wasn’t in vain,” said Victor Vasquez, the fallen officer’s uncle.
CPD Chaplin Dan Brandt said the loss of a fellow officer is “a reminder of the significant risks our police officers face daily, and our need to support them.”
Widow Milena Estepa de Vasquez was visibly shaken as Chicago police Supt. David Brown presented her with the flag draping the casket of her late husband.
The family pastor, Padre Andres Beltran, shared words of comfort, relaying, “The death of Andres, a young man who arrived with dreams and a desire to serve others, led him to join the police force.”
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th Ward) asked the community to line the streets during the procession to honor the fallen officer.
“Andrés Vásquez Lasso is exactly who you want in the Chicago Police Department,” he said. “I’m just so profoundly sad about this young man who had the world ahead of him and a beautiful wife and career with the Chicago Police Department.”
But the 19th Ward alderperson said he remains concerned about the growing pressures of a short-handed Chicago police force and how they deal with the kind of dangerous situations that claimed the life of their service member in blue.
Vásquez Lasso was a Chicago police officer for five years, working on the third watch based out of the 8th District.
Blue ribbons were also tied on poles and trees as the city mourned the loss of an officer described by his wife as someone who went to work every day with a smile from ear to ear.
Funeral services began at 10 a.m. Thursday.