Detective Oliver Jerome Singleton III | Star #2131

Detective Oliver Jerome Singleton III | Star #2131

Detective Oliver Jerome Singleton III | Star #2131

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Detective Oliver Jerome Singleton, III, Star #2131, aged 42 years, was a 16 year, 2 month, 6 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Inspectional Services – Intelligence Division: Unit 135 – Criminal Intelligence Unit.

On January 24, 1969, at 7:15 p.m., Detective Singleton and his partner, Detective Frank Edwards, were conducting surveillance on the Bell and Howell Company located at 7100 North McCormick Boulevard, building #9 in Linolnwood, Illinois. They were also in the company of 16 other officers from the Lincolnwood and Chicago Police Departments. The officers had received a tip that a Thillens, Inc. armored truck robbery would occur between 5:50 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. at that location. Detective Singleton was one of 18 policemen assigned to watch the plant.

The gang of four offenders arrived to the location at 6:00 p.m. and waited in their vehicle for the truck to arrive. By 7:15 p.m., the truck had not arrived and the men attempted to leave. Officers then blocked their vehicle in the driveway with their squad cars in front of building #1. One of the men, James Allen, age 19, exited the getaway car and began firing at officers. Officers exchanged gunfire injuring Allen and fatally wounding his two accomplices, Larry Gibson, age 23 and Tyrone L. Oby, age 27. A fourth accomplice, Nathan Wright, age 35, was waiting nearby in a getaway car. He was later apprehended at his home at 5426 South Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Detective Singleton sustained a single, through and through, gunshot entering the left upper shoulder and exiting through the base of the neck. He was transported by Lincolnwood Fire Department Ambulance to St. Francis Hospital. As a result of the shooting, the Detective Singleton was paralyzed from the neck down and was confined to a hospital bed. He would later die from his wounds in Veterans Research Hospital on November 27, 1969.

On October 13, 1969, Detective Singleton testified from a stretcher in criminal court against John Allen one of the surviving defendants. On November 27, 1969, Detective Singleton succumbed to his wounds 10 months later. On December 5, 1969, Nathan Wright, leader of the gang, was indicted for murder. Wright stood trial and was found guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted armed robbery. He was sentenced to 75 to 150 years in prison. James Allen was subsequently tried and found guilty of Detective Singleton’s murder and attempted armed robbery. He was sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison. In 1983, he was granted parole. In 1984, he was charged with murdering three people and was found guilty. Allen escaped from Joliet Correctional Facility and was quickly apprehended. He is currently ineligible for parole.

Detective Singleton was waked at Griffin Funeral Home located at 3232 South Martin Luther King Junior Drive. His funeral mass was held at the St. James Cathedral located at 33 East Huron Street. He was laid to rest on November 30, 1969 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument, Springfield, Illinois.

Detective Oliver Jerome Singleton, III, born March 16, 1927, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 21, 1953. He earned 1 Medal of Valor (posthumously), 1 Blue Star Award, 2 Department Commendations and 2 Honorable Mentions during his career. In March, 1961, he was promoted to the rank of Detective.

Detective Singleton served in the U.S. Navy, was a veteran of World War II and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate. He was also a member of the Illinois Police Association. Detective Singleton was survived by his wife, Patricia; parents: Oliver Jerome, II and Rosalia M. (nee Roberson) and siblings: Doralyn Alice Young, Robert (USMC) and Sally Anne Bats.

Incident Recorded under Lincolnwood Police Department Case #M69-2.

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Police Officer Arèanah M. Preston | Star #15870

Police Officer Arèanah M. Preston | Star #15870

Police Officer Arèanah M. Preston | Star #15870

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Police Officer Arèanah M. Preston, Star #15870, aged 24 years, was a 2 year, 5 month, 20 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Calumet.

On May 6, 2023, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Officer Preston was returning home after her shift at 8157 South Blackstone Avenue. Armed subjects confronted her, attempting to rob her. She was able to draw her weapon and exchanged shots with multiple subjects before being mortally wounded. The subjects stole her gun fleeing the scene. A report of shots fired was received by the Chicago Police Department and beat 495, Officer Schillaci #10879, was dispatched to investigate. Upon arrival Officer Schillaci discovered Officer Preston lying on the ground with an unzipped jacket and numerous gunshot wounds to her torso. Officer Schillaci observed the victim, now known as Officer Preston, was wearing a Chicago Police uniform and her firearm was missing from its holster. Officer Schillaci loaded Officer Preston into his squad car and transported her to the University of Chicago Hospital where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Benjamin at 2:25 a.m. on May 6, 2023.

On May 7, 2023, at 8:30 p.m., members of the Chicago Police Department SWAT team arrived at a home on the 7600 block of South Bishop Street. The offenders were tracked to this location after a cooperating witness was identified and interviewed by Area 2 Detectives. After an 8-hour standoff four subjects were taken into custody in connection to the murder of Officer Preston. Officer Preston’s firearm was also recovered during the incident. On May 7, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., a fifth 19-year old subject was placed into custody after Chicago Police surveillance near the scene of the SWAT incident observed him getting into an Uber near 76th Street and Bishop Avenue. A 9mm semi-automatic firearm was recovered from his person. He was also wanted for an armed robbery that occurred early Saturday morning May 5th, 2023 near 46th Street and Ellis Avenue in Kenwood.

Officer Preston was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, located at 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL. Her funeral mass was held on May 17, 2023 at Trinity United Church of Christ located at 400 W. 95th Street. She was laid to rest on May 17, 2023 in Lincoln Cemetery, 12300 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Police Officer Arèanah M. Preston, born June 7, 1998, received her Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on November 16, 2020. She attended the Jackson Street Police Academy and was issued Star #15870 on May 20, 2021. Officer Preston earned 5 Honorable Mentions and 1 Complimentary Letter during her career.

Officer Preston was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. She was survived by her parents and twin sibling.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JG249822 Homicide First Degree, JG251349 Law Enforcement Non-Fatal Firearm Discharge and Law Enforcement Related Death.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Preston’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

On September 9, 2023, the 8200 block of South Blackstone Avenue was dedicated as “Honorary Officer Aréanah M. Preston Way.“ One brown honorary street sign was erected. The sign was located on the Southeast corner of 82nd Street and Blackstone Avenue in the heart of the Avalon Park community on the block where Officer Preston was murdered.

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Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso | Star #7649

Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso | Star #7649

Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso | Star #7649

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Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, Star #7649, aged 32 years, was a 4 year, 11 month, 13 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 8th District – Chicago Lawn.

On March 1, 2023, at approximately 4:43 p.m., Officer Vásquez Lasso and his partner responded to a domestic-related call about a man chasing a woman down the street with a gun on the 5200 block of South Spaulding Avenue. The responding officers observed Steven S. Montano, age 18, of 2545 South Lawndale Avenue, fleeing from the scene on foot. They exited their squad car in an attempt to stop Montano, giving chase. They were able to engage with Montano as he continued to flee from the officers. At 4:52 p.m., Montano opened fire on Officer Vásquez Lasso at 5217 South Spaulding Avenue striking him multiple times. Mortally wounded, Officer Vásquez Lasso was able to return fire striking Montano several times. Officer Vásquez Lasso was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital by CFD Ambulance #8 where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Chang at 5:28 a.m. on March 1, 2023.

The offender, Steven S. Montano was placed into custody on scene and was transported to Cook County Hospital by CFD Ambulance #69. Montano’s handgun was recovered on scene.

Officer Vásquez Lasso was waked at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, located at 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL. His funeral mass was held on March 9, 2023 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, located at 7740 S. Western Avenue.

Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso, born June 23, 1990, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on March 16, 2018. He attended the Jackson Street Police Academy and was issued Star #7649 on October 5, 2018. Officer Vasquez Lasso earned 1 Attendance Recognition Award, 1 2019 Crime Reduction Ribbon, 4 Honorable Mentions and 3 Emblems of Recognition for Physical Fitness during his career.

Officer Vásquez Lasso was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Milena Estepa; mother, Rocio Lasso; sister, Carolina Vasquez and niece Alejandra Guevara.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JG170543 Homicide First Degree and JG170751 Law Enforcement Related Death.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Vásquez Lasso’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Detective Joseph Anthony Tripoli | Star #20571

Detective Joseph Anthony Tripoli | Star #20571

Detective Joseph Anthony Tripoli | Star #20571

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Detective Joseph Anthony Tripoli, Star #20571, aged 53 years, was a 27 year, 5 month, 29 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Unit 630 – Detectives – Area 3 and detailed to Unit 376 – Alternate Response Section (ARS).

On December 6, 2021, Detective Tripoli was on duty and fell ill, but continued to work his shift. For the next week and a half, he continued to feel symptoms and attempted to get tested for the COVID-19 virus but was unsuccessful. On December 16, 2021, Detective Tripoli was placed on the “Medical Roll” for a migraine headache after he continued experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19. On December 16, 2021, he took a home test and tested positive for COVID-19 and continued quarantine at his residence. On January 3, 2022, with his symptoms worsening, an ambulance was summoned to his residence. He was transported to Community First Medical Center, located at 5645 West Addison Street, By CFD Ambulance #7. He was admitted for difficulty breathing which progressed to cardiac pulmonary arrest and then hypoxia. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Lala at 11:42 am on January 3, 2022.

The Chicago Police Department has classified Detective Tripoli’s death as Line of Duty. Detective Tripoli was the seventh Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Detective Joseph Anthony Tripoli, born November 2, 1968, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on July 5, 1994, attended the Jackson Street Police Academy, and was issued Star #8240. On July 1, 2003, he was promoted to Detective and issued Detective Star #20571. He earned 2 Department Commendations, 1 Problem Solving Award, 1 Attendance Recognition Award, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, The NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Presidential Election Deployment Award, 1 Democratic Convention Service Award, 10 Honorable Mentions and 6 Complimentary Letters, 2 Emblems of Recognition for Fitness during his career.

Officer Svec was waked at Lawn Funeral Home located at 7909 State Road, Burbank, IL. His funeral mass was held at Gibbons Family Funeral Home located at 5917 West Irving Park Road.

Detective Triploi was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his children: Jacqueline Nicole, Joseph Anthony and Nicholas William; father, Joseph M. (Mary) and siblings: Anthony, John and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his mother: Linda.

Incident Recorded Under Chicago Police Department RD #JF102127.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Tripoli’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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Police Officer Jose “Joey” Ma Huerta | Star #13611

Police Officer Jose “Joey” Ma Huerta | Star #13611

Police Officer Jose “Joey” Ma Huerta | Star #13611

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Police Officer Jose “Joey” Ma Huerta, Star #13611, aged 50 years, was a 21 year, 9 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Unit 193 – Gang Investigation Division (GID) and detailed to Unit 376 – Alternate Response Section (ARS).

On November 19, 2021, Officer Huerta was on duty and fell ill, but continued to work his shift. On November 24, 2021, Officer Svec was placed on the “Medical Roll” for flu-like symptoms after he began experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19 after testing positive for COVID-19. On November 29, 2021, with his symptoms worsening, he went to MacNeal Hospital located at 3249 South Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn, IL and was admitted for bilateral covid pneumonia and remained there until his death on December 23, 2021.

Officer Huerta worked in an office environment with civilian and sworn personnel and throughout his shifts, he would have to interact with his coworkers exposing himself to many who may have been infected with COVID-19. As a result, the Chicago Police Department has classified Officer Huerta’s death as Line of Duty. Officer Huerta was the sixth Chicago Police Officer to die in the line of duty from COVID-19.

Police Officer Jose “Joey” Ma Huerta, born July 24, 1971, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 23, 2000, attended the Jackson Street Police Academy, and was issued Star #14506. On March 7, 2006, he was issued Police Officer Star #13611, after reporting his previous star lost. He earned 2 Annual Bureau Awards of Recognition, 2 Special Commendations, 1 Police Officer of the Month Award, 9 Department Commendations, 1 Problem Solving Award, 1 Honorable Mention Ribbon Award, 1 Joint Operations Award, 1 Traffic Stop of the Month Award, 3 Attendance Recognition Awards, The 2019 Crime Reduction Award, The 2009 Crime Reduction Award, The 2004 Crime Reduction Award, The NATO Summit Service Award, 1 Presidential Election Deployment Award, 86 Honorable Mentions, 1 Recognition / Outside Governmental Agency Award, 3 Complimentary Letters, 1 Emblem of Recognition for Fitness, and 1 Superintendent’s Honorable Mention Certificate during his career.

Officer Huerta was waked at Hallowell & James Funeral Home located at 1025 West 55th Street, Countryside, IL. His funeral mass was held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church located at 8000 Linder Avenue, Burbank, IL.

Officer Svec was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth; children: Ariel and Joseph; mother, Mary and siblings: Benjamin (Veronica), Melissa, Paul (Maribel) and Rose Mary (John) Nocita. He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Ma.

On September 7, 2023, Officer Huerta’s star was retired by Interim Superintendent Fred L. Waller and enshrined in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case, located in the lobby at Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

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