"Every time I saw him, he was Alex."

So said Joe Stith, a Chicago Heights police officer for 17 1/2 years, remembering his former high school buddy Alex Lopez, on the untimely death of the 44-year-old mayor.

The quote is from an excellent article at the Southtown Star.

Rest In Peace, Mayor Lopez.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lopez family, and the city of Chicago Heights.