CHCIAGO (CBS) – Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. was released from a rehab facility in Streeterville more than two months later. be shot in the line of duty.
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A large crowd gathered outside the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab on Thursday. Hospital staff, police, family, friends and supporters cheered during the officer’s emotional release.
Yáñez Jr. smiled when he was hugged by his loved ones.
The supporters carried signs that read “Carlos Strong”, they wore armbands and T-shirts in honor of the officer.
“I feel like my heart is going to explode,” said Nora LaPorta, Yáñez Jr.’s aunt. “I think many police officers can identify themselves, because it could be them.”
Yáñez is partially paralyzed and lost an eye. He was shot three times on August 7 during a traffic stop at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue in West Englewood, an incident during which Officer Ella French, one of his two partners was assassinated.
Yanzez Jr. still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
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Two brothers, Emonte and Eric Morgan, they have been accused in the shooting that killed French and wounded Yáñez Jr. and they are being held without bail.