Chicago Police Officer Ella French was laid to rest at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery on Saturday, along with family, friends and fellow officers all present as she reached her final resting place.
French was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this month. His partner, Officer Carlos Yanez, was also seriously injured by gunshot wounds and is still recovering in a hospital in the area.
The officer was honored this week with a visitation Wednesday and a funeral service Thursday. The service, held in the chapel of the Sanctuary of Saint Rita de Cascia, drew hundreds of officers, officials, family and friends.
Yanez’s father also attended the service, bringing with him a t-shirt of his son. He asked for it to be given in French because he wanted “a bit of me to be with her,” according to family members.
French was laid to rest on Saturday after a procession and ceremony at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, according to Chicago police:
CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern also posted photos of the procession and the funeral service:
French is the first CPD officer to be killed in the line of duty since Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Charles Gary were struck by a Metra train in December 2018 while investigating a shooting call. A month earlier, Officer Samuel Jimenez was shot dead in an attack at Mercy Hospital in Chicago that left three others dead, including the gunman.