04/02/2013 04:43 pm ET

Killed State Trooper Described As 'Second Father'

Matthew Sauter decided not to wear a tie to his brother James’ funeral on Tuesday.

While speaking in front of family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country, all at Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights to honor Illinois State Trooper James Sauter, Matthew opened his collar to show a Superman t-shirt in dedication to his brother.

Matthew Sauter looked up to his brother, even though at times James was strict with him.

“He always tried to be a second father to me,” Matthew Sauter said. “I came to realize later in life that he made mistakes, too, and he wanted to keep me from doing the same as he did.”

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