The fallen teen who changed the Chicago Police Department and city politics scene has been quietly buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The gravestone reads:
“Beloved Son & Brother
Laquan J. Mcdonald
Sept. 25, 1997
Oct. 20, 2014
Forever In Our Hearts”
On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. Defense lawyers are now alleging that the 17-year-old carrying a knife posed a threat to police. Van Dyke faces first-degree murder charges. If found guilty, he would be the first Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder since 1970, according to the Tribune.
McDonald’s legal team says the teen posed no threat and that Van Dyke unjustifiably shot McDonald. His death has changed the oversight system of the Chicago Police Department.
Former Chicago Police Department superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired for his handling of the case; McCarthy is now running for mayor of Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek re-election the day jury selection began for the trial. Anita Alvarez, Cook County’s top prosecutor, who waited 13 months to charge Van Dyke, was voted out of office.
McDonald is buried in plot 32. He joins several notable names who rest in Forest Home: author Ernest Hemingway’s parents, famous radicals Emma Goldman and Lucy Parsons, and victims from the 1915 Eastland ship disaster among others.