Updated 04/02/13 – 3:35 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Army Pfc. Omar Torres gave his life for his country in Iraq, and on Tuesday, the city honored his sacrifice and service by naming a street near his Archer Heights home in his memory.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports Torres was killed when his unit was hit with an explosive device during combat operations in Iraq in 2007.
Omar Torres graduated from De LaSalle high school, and got a full ride to Ohio State University, but enlisted in the Army and was called to active duty in his sophomore year.
Omar’s sister, Oralia, was instrumental in getting the city to rename the city block where he grew up near 47th Street and Keeler Avenue. On Tuesday, that stretch of Keeler Avenue received the honorary name Private First Class Omar E. Torres Way.
“I am so proud. I am so honored that the city was able to do this,” Oralia said. “This is amazing.”