WESTCHESTER, Ill. – State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, issued the following statement on Monday after the death of Cook County Sheriff Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada:
“Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada was a devoted father and an irreplaceable leader in our community. My prayers are with his family during this very difficult time, especially as the Christmas holiday approaches. Christmas is a time that families look forward to sharing with their loved ones, but because of this senseless act, that has been taken from his family.
“Officer Estrada was celebrating early so that he could work on Christmas Day to help provide safe holidays for others. He dedicated his life to public service, and he died protecting his family and our neighborhood. This loss is a devastating blow to our entire community.
“I applaud the efforts of the Bellwood Police Department and the Cook County Sherriff’s Office to find the offenders who ruthlessly committed this crime and to secure justice. This will help to make sure that these criminals can’t hurt anyone else.
“We must work together and continue to fight to end gun violence and prevent tragedies like these from happening again. I encourage everyone to contact their local police department with any information that could lead to the arrest of violent criminals and prevent murderers from walking free.”
For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.emanuelchriswelch.com.
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