$10K reward offered for information about murder of fallen Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca

Huesca remembered for passion to help others

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Slain CPD officer remembered for passion to help others
Slain Chicago police Officer Luis Huesca is being remembered for his passion to help others.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The funeral for slain Chicago police Officer Luis Huesca is on Monday, but he's already being remembered fondly by those who knew him.

That includes an entire school community in Plainfield.

Huesca, who died just shy of his 31st birthday, always had a passion for helping others, even as a teenager.

"We all remember him in the same way, just a really wonderful person, and we're truly saddened by the loss," said Heather Boswell, Plainfield East High School assistant principal. "His heart, he has a kind heart, was always smiling. He would go out of his way to help people, say hello in the hallways. So yes, I definitely saw the spark."

Chicago Police Department Chaplain Father Dan Brandt said Huesca died protecting and serving the community he loved.

"God bless this gentleman, who took this job on six years ago, and lost his life," Brandt said. "He died doing God's work, and like to remind my officers every time I can, every opportunity I have, that they are doing God's work."

But questions remain, after Huesca was shot and killed Sunday.

His car was stolen, dumped and later recovered, but his service weapon is still missing.

Investigators released images of a person they're calling a suspect going from convenience store to convenience store in the hours before and after the murder.

In at least two clips, he appears in different clothes and shoes.

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Cook County Crime Stoppers announced they are offering a cash reward up to $10,000 for information that leads to an indictment or conviction in the case.

Anyone that has information is asked to call 1-800-535-STOP or the CPD hotline at 833-408-0069, or email tips@cookcountycrimestoppers.org.

All tips are anonymous. Crime Stoppers will provide a code number to possibly redeem the reward.

A small memorial is growing, as the city remembers a man who was called to serve.

And Gold Star and American flags are standing at half-staff amid a field of grey, where Huesca ended his final shift Sunday.

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is stepping in and giving $60,000 to his family in their time of need.

"Everybody you talk to says what a great guy he was, and that's who we're looking for to come on the police department," said Phil Cline, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation executive director. "It's terrible. I mean they've got to get a handle on the violence in this city because it strikes everybody."

Funeral plans were also announced for Officer Huesca.

A visitation will take place at Blake Lamb Funeral Home in Oak Lawn on Sunday.

It will be private for the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m.

A funeral will take place at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Huesca is survived by his mother and uncle.

He will be laid to rest with full honors and purple bunting is expected to be draped at CPD Headquarters.

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