Family of murdered Chicago officer asks mayor to stay away; suspect is finally captured

CHICAGO, IL- The funeral of Chicago Police Officer Luis M. Huesca, tragically gunned down while returning home from work, has become a focal point revealing tensions between the bereaved family and city officials amid the ongoing murder investigation.

Officer Huesca, a dedicated member of the Chicago Police Department, was fatally shot in the early hours of April 21st in the Gage Park neighborhood. His death sparked an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Authorities have identified 22-year-old Xavier L Tate Jr. as a suspect in Officer Huesca's murder. After several days on the run, Tate has finally been taken into custody by police. 

In a startling twist, Caschaus Tate, a person of interest in the murder case, has been implicated in an unrelated burglary that occurred in Richton Park. Surveillance footage captured Caschaus Tate, aged 20, participating in the burglary of Katie's Convenience store, where an ATM containing thousands of dollars was stolen.

Following his release from custody for the Richton Park burglary, Caschaus Tate attempted to dispose of evidence related to Officer Huesca's murder. Tate was observed throwing a Glock nine-millimeter handgun, believed to belong to Officer Huesca, over a fence into a neighboring yard.

The connection between Caschaus Tate and Xavier Tate Jr. remains unclear.

However, investigators were led to their residence through Uber records, which showed Xavier Tate Jr.'s travel shortly after Officer Huesca's murder.

At the funeral held at St Rita Cascia Shrine Chapel, tensions surfaced as it became apparent that both Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker were conspicuously absent.

The absence of these officials was a result of the Huesca family's expressed desire for them not to attend. While traditionally, city and state officials attend such ceremonies to pay their respects, the family's request for their absence underscores deeper discord.

In response to the family's wishes, Mayor Johnson adjusted his plans and issued a statement expressing condolences and continued support for the Huesca family.

“As mayor, I vow to continue supporting our police and first responders, uniting our city and remaining committed to working with everyone towards building a better, stronger, safer Chicago,” he said. “My heart is with the Huesca family today. God bless them and God bless the City of Chicago."

Similarly, Governor Pritzker refrained from attending the funeral, in accordance with the family's wishes.

“Last week, Officer Huesca’s family had also informed the governors’ team that they did not want him to attend the funeral. The governor saying today that a lot of times, families do not want the complications that come from political figures attending funerals, and he always does what the family requests,” Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling stated.

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