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Off-Duty Chicago Officer Killed by Thieves

Posted By Injury Attorney || 11-Aug-2010

Chicago police officer Thomas Wortham IV was murdered last month by a group of three youths who tried to steal his new motorcycle.

Wortham, who was reportedly at his parents' home when he was approached by the suspects, tried to stop them from taking the motorcycle. Wortham's 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.

Ironically, Wortham had just attended a memorial at the Capitol for officers killed in the line of duty last year and was showing his parents the photos of the ceremony. It was 11:25 p.m. when he went to leave his parents' home and was attacked.

Cases of senseless tragedy are further compounded by the loss of a head of household, such as the case of Mr. Wortham. For the family of Mr. Wortham, not to mention the community in general, his loss will create more than just heartache. Bills still need to be paid, and somebody should be held responsible.

The Doan Law Firm, P.C. is a group of Houston personal injury attorneys with extensive experience in personal injury litigation. They can help families troubled with the loss of a head of household. If you or a friend or family member has experienced such a loss and need advice, please contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. at 1 Riverway, Suite 1700, Houston, Texas 77056, Local (713) 869-4747 or Nationwide (800) 910-FIRM.

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