By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - Thousands of people are expected on Monday to line the streets of a small Illinois community to pay their last respects to police officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was shot last week while pursuing three suspects still on the loose.
An 18-mile procession beginning after Gliniewicz's funeral will wind its way from Fox Lake, about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Chicago, through Lake County. The procession will end at Hillside East Cemetery in Antioch, where Gliniewicz will be buried.
Gliniewicz, a decorated 30-year veteran of the Fox Lake Police Department and the father of four boys who was known around the village as "G.I. Joe," was killed on Tuesday. He was 52.
His loss "has left a large void in our community," a statement on the Fox Lake website said. "Our hearts are very heavy."
The suspects, believed by authorities to be two white men and a black man, have so far eluded a massive manhunt that has drawn hundreds of police officers and investigators into the small community.
Gliniewicz, retired as a first sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve and earned several awards and commendations in the police department, including a medal of valor. He also was involved in a youth law enforcement training program for about a decade.
Police have released few details of the encounter that led to Gliniewicz's killing, except to say he was pursuing three suspects on foot in a remote area when he was shot.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Paul Simao)