Slain officer’s body escorted through central Illinois


DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A possession, led by a hearse bearing the remains of a slain police officer, moved across central Illinois, giving hundreds to pay their respects to the fallen lawman. Law enforcement agencies and other first responders escorted the body of Champaign police Officer Chris Oberheim through several cities Thursday, starting in Champaign and ending in Decatur. The 44-year-old Oberheim was shot early Wednesday during a shootout at an apartment complex. A second officer was wounded by the alleged suspect as the officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. The wounded officer was hospitalized in stable condition. The suspect killed in the shootout, 24-year-old Darion Marquise Lafayette of Champaign, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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