Alejandro “Alex” Valadez was one of three siblings to join the Chicago Police Department, and in just three short years, he had established himself as a go-to police officer in a tough district, says the Chicago Tribune. Early yesterday, Valadez, 27, was fatally shot, the first police officer killed in 2009 in the line of duty. Valadez and a partner had responded to a call about two rival gangs shooting at each other.
The shooting had stopped, but a car pulled up with alleged gang members inside. Someone fired at the officers, who were in plainclothes, striking Valadez. Police Superintendent Jody Weis said the killing would “have a devastating effect upon everybody that knew him, everybody in the Chicago Police Department, and it should have a devastating effect upon all  citizens of the city of Chicago.”