On the same day Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was charged with 13 counts of murder in the killing of a dozen of his fellow soldiers, one of the victims of last week's brutal Fort Hood rampage was honored as a motorcade carrying his body made its way from Midway Airport to a Joliet funeral home.
Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, was among the 13 people gunned down in the deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas. On Thursday, the body of the 2006 Bolingbrook High School graduate was met with tearful tributes and salutes as it processed from Chicago streets through his native suburb.
"These are just little gestures that hopefully will provide some comfort to (Pearson's) family," Valley View School District superintendent Phillip Schoffstall told Chicago Breaking News. "Nothing that we have done or would be able to do could lesson the tragedy of the loss of this young man."
A military spokesman, speaking on behalf of Pearson's family, says they were "overwhelmed by the warmth and touched by the showing of support."
Also on Thursday, President Obama called for a complete review of the intelligence related to the suspect Hasan.