On October 27th young Jared Stanker of Evergreen Park, Il was killed in Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan while serving with the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Jared attended Brother Rice High School and was a parishioner of Queen Of Martyrs Catholic Church. An email campaign began in the neighborhood a few days ago calling on all of us to support the Stanker family by attending Jared's funeral on Saturday. I am confident that the good people of the southwest side will be there to honor Jared and show their support and gratitude to his family.
The procession rode north on Pulaski Road in front of Brother Rice High School. The quiet was only broken by the faint hum of a TV helicopter overhead.Southtown Star
The procession then went east on 99th Street and south on Central Park Avenue to the funeral home.
The 1,450 girls who attend Mother McAuley High School, next door to Brother Rice, also stood quietly, holding flags.
The same held true at Southwest Elementary, which Stanker attended.
There, the 335 students were dressed in red, white and blue, Principal Denise Thomas said.
Finally, at Queen of Martyrs School, the 446 students stood in silence along Central Park Avenue.