Three members of a suburban Chicago family were slain in their home, at 3 am, in a targeted assassination.
At the funeral, the cousin of 50-year-old Jeff Kramer recalled that his friendship with Kramer had begun when they shared a playpen as children. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
“We knew what that word meant: ‘buddies,’ ” he said.
”It means someone that you watched out for, someone that you cared about, someone that you never wanted to see get hurt and if they were, you did everything you possibly could to make it better.
”This time I can’t make it better.”