CHICAGO — Funeral services were held Wednesday for fallen Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston.
Visitation took place at the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, located at 4727 W. 103rd St in Oak Lawn, Tuesday afternoon.
The 24-year-old officer had just returned from a shift in the 5th District when she was shot and killed on the 8100 block of South Blackstone Avenue. Four suspects have been charged in her fatal shooting.
Preston earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and joined CPD three years ago.
Preston’s mother told WGN she was a smart and driven woman who was looking forward to her graduating with her master’s from Loyola University. On Saturday, Loyola posthumously awarded Preston’s degree to her mother.
Her law enforcement colleagues said she was brave and compassionate. Preston’s last arrestee, taken into custody just hours before her death, reportedly wept when they heard the news.
Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago Police Department Interim Superintendent Fred Waller both attended Tuesday’s visitation.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Trinity United Church of Christ, located at 400 W. 95th Street.
The procession route from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home to Trinity United Church of Christ proceeds eastbound on 103rd Street to Western Avenue, north on Western Avenue to 95th Street, east on 95th Street to Lowe Avenue, north on Lowe Avenue to 93rd Street, east on 93rd Street to Eggleston Avenue, south on Eggleston Avenue to Trinity Church.
Procession Route from Trinity United Church of Christ to private Lincoln Cemetery service will proceed westbound on 95th Street to Halsted Street, South on Halsted Street to 98th Place, West on 98th Place to I-57 South Expressway Entrance, I-57 south to 119th Street exit, west on 119th Street to Kedzie Avenue, south on Kedzie to Cemetery entrance (approximately 120th Street).