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CPD Explains Towing Car Away With Bodies

Chicago police have released a statement on how officers handled the removal of two bodies over the weekend after a shooting left two men dead.

The shooting took place around 2:35 a.m. Sunday in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Two men and a woman were driving sound on the 500 block of North Avers Avenue in a dark colored sedan when a man fired shots at the car from the sidewalk.

The two men were sitting in the front seat when they were shot multiple times. The unidentified woman was shot in the ankle and is expected to recover.

The following video was posted to YouTube Sunday. Bystanders say it shows police towing the car with the bodies of 32-year-old Darren Thomas and Kenneth J. Wallace, 35, still in the vehicle.

The Chicago Police Department News Affairs office released the following statement about the incident Monday morning:

From time to time, depending on the unique circumstances of the death, bodies may be left in vehicles and removed in the private area at the ME’S office. This would be done to protect the integrity of the crime scene (the car) while at the same time preserving the dignity of the deceased by handling their bodies in a private area rather than on the street in full view of onlookers. CPD is sensitive to the handling of bodies in public, and detective bureau has implemented procedures to minimize any community concerns that may arise from the manner in which crime scenes are processed.

No one is in custody for the shooting.