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Suspects in custody for investigator’s death

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Authorities said suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting death of an Illinois sheriff’s investigator who was trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party.

The Cook County sheriff’s office confirmed Sunday that suspects were in custody. No charges have yet been filed.

Fifty-year-old Cuauhtemoc Estrada is being remembered as “beautiful person” who liked to organize family gatherings and helped start a festival to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

He died Friday night. Sheriff’s officials said the officer was shot when trying to intervene in the robbery outside a VFW hall in Bellwood.

Bellwood police, Illinois State Police and Cook County sheriff’s police are investigating.

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