The wife of a slain Chicago police officer wrote and posted a letter Tuesday a week after her husband was shot and killed while on duty.
Erin Bauer thanked the community for the "outpouring of love and support at this horrendous time" in her family's life as they grieved the loss of Officer Paul Baur, who was shot several times while assisting a tactical team in a suspect chase Feb. 12.
The letter was posted on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation official page and talked about the officer's funeral, which was held on Saturday.
"Paul would have been terrible upset that he inconvenienced so many people with the parking restriction in our beloved Bridgeport," she wrote. "He would have winced at the thought that the Dan Ryan closed down for the funeral procession. He never wanted to be in the spotlight. He never thought of himself, only others."
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"I want to thank those of you waited (sic) for hours in the cold to attend his wake and funeral. You have no idea how much that meant to us."
The suspect is a four-time convicted felon named Shomari Legghette, according to WGN News.
The letter had been shared more than 2,200 times by 1:40 p.m Tuesday.
"I saw each and everyone of you from the darkened window of my car," Bauer wrote. "The good people in this world far outnumber the bad. Grace and I are humbled, as Paul would be."
Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck