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He served two tours in Iraq and patrolled the potentially dangerous streets of Chicago. When he wasn’t in his Chicago police uniform, he volunteered as head of an effort to improve a local park and return it to residents.

But it wasn’t overseas or in the line of duty that Thomas Wortham IV lost his life. Chicago police say Wortham was killed by three people trying to steal his new motorcycle. Wortham was at his parents’ home, when he was approached by the suspects. His father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, came to his son’s aid, killing one attacker and critically wounding another. A third was able to escape.

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“This is a tragedy. This young man survived two tours in Iraq and came home and got murdered on the streets in front of his house that he grew up in,” Alderman Freddrenna Lyle, who has known the officer and his family for years, told the Chicago Tribune. “In front of his father, it’s just unbelieveable.”

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