Funeral Held For Fallen Marine From Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A funeral service was held Wednesday for a U.S. Marine from Chicago who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

It was a solemn sendoff for 23-year-old Lance Cpl. John T. Sparks at Roberts Temple on Chicago’s South Side.

Sparks was killed on Oct. 8 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Fellow marines formed an honor guard and escorted his casket from the church after the ceremony.

He had been with the Marine Corps for about two years, but his dream was to become a Chicago police officer.

“He was a young man with great integrity, great character, very honorable, very distinguished,” his cousin ChaJuana Calhoun-Hannah said.

Members of the Illinois Patriot Guard also paid tribute to Sparks with a motorcycle escort to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

  • Tom

    What the HELL IS IT with this country? A young black man dies and it’s just another casualty? If he’d been a white kid from Highland Park it would be big news. I saw no mention of his sacrifice on WMAQ, WBBM, WTTW. I saw all kinds of other useless information.
    This young man was a United States Marine. Does anyone here understand the magnitude of that accomplishment alone? To die in combat as a Marine and have the local media ignore it in favor of the latest petty political rivalries is to make his sacrifice worthless. We’ve become a shameless, selfish society. No wonder the Islamic murderers target us.

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