Thursday, August 14, 2008

RIP Robert Soto

As of 0300 hours, Bobby Soto passed.
  • A veteran Chicago police officer who was shot Wednesday morning in an apparent robbery gone bad on the city's West Side died early Thursday morning from his wounds, police said. A woman who was sitting in the off-duty officer's sport-utility vehicle during the shooting was dead on the scene.

    The shooting woke up residents on the 3000 block of Franklin Boulevard and when police arrived they found Kathryn Romberg, 45, and Robert Soto, 49, an off-duty 23-year veteran of the Chicago police force, bleeding from gunshot wounds.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother; may God grant you peace, and your family comfort. The other victim of the shooting was a DCFS caseworker who worked very closely with the police in the burbs. We wish her eternal rest and her survivors God's peace.

8/14/2008 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace

My utmost condolences goes out to his family and friends.

8/14/2008 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

The Thin BLue Blue bleeds again. Many tears.

I just found out he lived in my neighborhood. Can anyone post any wake information?

8/14/2008 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is not a good year for us...

8/14/2008 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can honestly say that Bobby was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Worked with him over twenty years ago.

Shedding a few tears.

Bobby you'll be missed.

My prayers to the family and friends.

8/14/2008 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Bob I will miss you. To anyone who has never known him he was a great guy, always smiling, laughing or cracking a joke. When you needed him he was there. Bob had a brother who was a robbery victim himself and was beaten so bad that he needs constant help, Bob took care of him, family came first.To the press leave his family alone and don't drag his name through the mud to sell your paper or your nightly news let him rest in peace. Farewell my Friend

8/14/2008 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers to the family of my fellow PO and the family of the 2nd victim.

8/14/2008 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he ever work in 025?

8/14/2008 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP, detective!

8/14/2008 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Det. Soto, Everyone out there be safe. Watch your six where ever you are, on or off- duty. The savages are on the loose. Stay physically fit and go to the range.

8/14/2008 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

I want to give sll of you a hug :(

8/14/2008 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace, and God bless you and your family.

8/14/2008 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace my brother.we will miss you.cooter

8/14/2008 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GodSpeed Brother!!

8/14/2008 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Bob.

You were one of the all time great charachters on this job. Youll be sorely missed.

8/14/2008 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Henry Bowman said...

Bobbie, I'll see ya when I see ya.


Retired 2003

8/14/2008 09:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Ro said...

OMG!! This news is terrible. My heartfelt condolences to Officer Soto's family, friends, and police family. My thought and prayers are with you. Rest in heavenly peace, brother Soto.

8/14/2008 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merciful God,
hear the cries of our grief,
for you know the anguish of our hearts.
It is beyond our understanding
and more than we can bear.
Accept our prayer
that as these individuals have been released from this world's cruelty so may they be received
into your safe hands and secure love.
We pray that justice may be done
and that we may treasure the memory of their lives
more than the manner of their death.

8/14/2008 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pray for all involved and their families.

8/14/2008 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To both families, our thought and prayers are with you! This is such a tragedy.

8/14/2008 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all have to die.

It's only a question of when.

The where, how and why matter only to those who remain.

Vaya Con Dios.

8/14/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless him and his family.

8/14/2008 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may the good Lord take him home...

8/14/2008 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest easy brother.

Cicero PD

8/14/2008 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger John Keene said...

What a shame. RIP Officer. Let's just hope they catch these MFers, and those that killed Jose.

8/14/2008 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wishing Robert's family the comfort of loving memories and the feeling that you'll always be connected to one so close to your heart like the stars in the sky that we see. I'd like to believe that Robert is looking at those same stars from the other side sending all his love.


8/14/2008 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Bob. You are truly one of Chicago's Finest. Godspeed as you now sleep with the Angel's. Deep sympathies to his family, and Kathryn's family on this tragic loss.

8/14/2008 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There really aren't any words for this. What a tragedy for both families.

Now it's our turn to get justice for them.

8/14/2008 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Robert Soto.

8/14/2008 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace brother. My thoughts and prayers go to both families.

8/14/2008 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless!!!!

8/14/2008 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condolences to all the guys on the job in Chi-town. RIP Officer Soto.

8/14/2008 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you bobby.

8/14/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY grandfather passed in his sleep. However Bobby Soto's life was taken by a savage.

8/14/2008 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous grkcop said...

RIP Bobby and my thoughts to your family.

8/14/2008 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless

8/14/2008 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolences to Det. Soto's wife and Son.

8/14/2008 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That just brought me down.. My heart hurts for the family of both the officer and the young lady.. I just can't understand why we have people out here that can so easily take the lives of others just for a few bucks.. May God bless the souls of our fallen brother and the lady who I heard was a DCFS manager, and also trying to better the quality of life in this shit city.

8/14/2008 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the victim's of this crime,and they want the olymics here in Chicago.

8/14/2008 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Brother, you're in a much better place now.

8/14/2008 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Rock said...

RIP brother...My Prayers are with you and your family

8/14/2008 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless Officer Soto, his family and loved ones and his CPD family

8/14/2008 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P Brother

8/14/2008 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Detective Soto, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your friend, and both of your families.

Just saw channel 7 news at 4pm. What an idiot Charles Thomas is. He interviews the neighborhood mope who comments on a police search warrant which was executed (possibly in regard to Det. Soto's death?). The mope says, the boys next door got nuttin to do with nuttin, they "Just be on the street doin what they do". Gee Charles, wouldn't the most inexperienced reporter ask just what exactely it is that they "Be doin" on the street?
Unbelievable. This city is done.

8/14/2008 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless them both and I will keep them in my prayers. I worked in 10 in early 90's and it was a hell of a place to work, I truly respected all the officers I had the chance to work with. Thanks Officer Soto you will be missed. God Speed!

8/14/2008 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God rest his soul.

8/14/2008 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never met you, but RIP brother.

8/14/2008 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great cop and a good friend!
I'm on furlough please post arrangements. God Bless RIP

8/14/2008 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace brother you are in our prayers.
Former 010th district westside brother.

8/14/2008 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see that the FOP has already put out a 10,000$ reward for this one. God bless his soul!

8/14/2008 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother. W.S.

8/14/2008 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1800 news on abc interviewed a fine upstanding citizen who claims the police are trying to cover up for one of their own!!! WTF, is he insinuating we shot him? Also states how the neighborhood is quiet, first time they heard there are robberies occurring. He needs to be brought in and left in a room for 48 hrs and that still isnt enough.....
RIP Bob Soto, they will be caught and charged accordingly. Couldnt ask for better dics to be on the case.

8/14/2008 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a brother Trooper

8/14/2008 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least now he can be in peace officer

8/14/2008 06:34:00 PM  
Blogger The Asshat said...

RIP Brother.

8/14/2008 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you DUDE, always...

God speed....

8/14/2008 07:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Bob Soto.

You were a real policeman from the day I met you (original Marquette Rangers)and I always thought you had Nine Lives based on the close calls in 010. But unfortunately the big man upstairs called your number way too soon. You will always be remembered my dear friend. God Bless you and your family.

8/14/2008 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


From your brothers and sisters that bleed blue.

Unit 603

8/14/2008 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby we will not stop until you have justice. One way or another those responsible for your demise will pay for their crime.

8/14/2008 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob you will be missed, you were an excellent police officer and a better man.

8/14/2008 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God rest your soul Robert. You will be deeply missed by your brother and sister Officers. Rest in Peace Brother. You have done the Lord's work, and now you will reap the Lord's Rewards for you.

8/14/2008 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless. Our condolences to his family.

8/14/2008 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for everything.
I only have the memories of us working together in 010 on the 1st watch.

My God's peace be with you and your family.


8/14/2008 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/14/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:-( thank you for your 24 years of service.

8/14/2008 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may the Good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.

Save me a seat.

8/14/2008 10:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bob. I am so sorry. Also, please pray for the family of Det. Dominick Doris - Area 1, who died suddenly last week. His wake is tommorrow at Colonial-Wojcziechowski Funeral Home in Niles, IL. Two good men!

8/14/2008 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Charles Thomas of 7 news lets us know how much he hates the Chicago Police Department. While doing a piece on officer Soto's death,he interviews some piece of shit who says its a police cover up, that the police came up with the robbery story to make someone else take the weight of the crime, elluding to something else. Fuck Charles Thomas, Fuck Channel 7 news.

8/14/2008 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Elm Creek Smith said...

My condolences to Det. Soto's family, friends, and the men and women of the line units of the Chicago Police Department.

CPT, US Army (Ret.)

8/14/2008 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his family and those of Kathryn from all of us in Niles.

8/14/2008 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP. I wonder when the city and the mayor will allow us to get busy and do our jobs. Maybe when the violence spreads to 18th and Indiana! Wake up media and elected assholes, I mean officials. The police are not the problem...the criminals are the problem. Support us, fuck the media and the those asshole religous money hungry soundboards. The true citizens are under seige and need a strong police force not a pussified one.

Take care and get them before they get us.

8/14/2008 10:50:00 PM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

May God send his angels to carry you to your final rest, and may He send His strength to support your friends, family and loved ones at this terrible time.

RIP Officer Soto

We lost Officer Jose Vazquez, #13088 in almost the same way.

8/14/2008 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rest in peace brother. my condolences and prayers are with your family

8/14/2008 11:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Detective Soto. It is tough to loose a veteran officer to savages, i hope they are taken off the street quick. These people need to be stopped by any means, before they do this to someone else.

8/14/2008 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless, God Speed and my condolences and sympathies to the Soto Family, my prayers as well. Those of you who knew him, my condolences to you also, I've lost close comrades too. Any loss to us will always be a great loss.


8/14/2008 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to see two good people go that are heroes to the community. God bless them and my heart goes out to the family.

8/15/2008 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u are home now

8/15/2008 03:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Skokie PD

8/15/2008 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brother Soto! Just read in the Sun-Times they are looking at line of duty benefits why not they give millions to the animals who sue!

8/15/2008 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP prayers go out to your family.

8/15/2008 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elk Creek Smith-
Thanks for the kind words and condolences. Means alot coming from an Army veteran who is in a place far away from here. BTW, what kind of gun is that?

8/15/2008 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Brother. That one liner you told me still has me laughing. 009.

8/15/2008 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger OldSchoolCPD said...

Rest in Peace our brother.
My condolences and prayers are with your family...God Bless us all.

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Publilius Syrus (~100 BC),

8/15/2008 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw channel 7 news at 4pm.

Those pieces of s*** over there at channel 7 AND channel 5. Channel 7 showed the block he lived on (gave hundred and name) and then showed his house. Same on channel 5.

Wonder how they'd feel if we started giving out their home addresses and phone numbers to the public. Oh! Wait! That's what is for!

8/15/2008 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


UNIT 253

8/15/2008 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Bobby, Great time working with you in 010.. God bless your family and may you rest in peace... Old brother from 010..........

8/15/2008 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless him and his family and also let us not forget the other victim who was with him. Bless her and her family as well

8/15/2008 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob I can't believe we sat and BS'D
about our days in 010 just last week!RIP my brother,may GOD welcome you home with open arms,and may the Angels give piece
and comfort to your family.

And to fox news with their innuendos on your character,GO FUCK YOURSELVES YOU 2-BIT HAS BEEN ROTTEN MOTHERFUCKERS!

8/15/2008 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you post any information on donations to the family? Since Detective Soto was off duty, his family will have a harder time receiving anything. Those of us who knew him would like to help. Thanks.

8/15/2008 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 years ago today, Officer Michael Ceriale was shot and wounded only to die 6 days later. Remember him in your prayers.
Mike you are not forgotten!!!
R.I.P. my friend and brother!!!
Everybody stop and be thankful for what you have because some are not here and gave their all!
Det. Dominick Doris, R.I.P.!
Det. Soto, R.I.P.

8/15/2008 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puts everything in perspective. Rest in peace brother! BE CARFUL AND GOD BLESS ALL WHO WEAR A UNIFORM!

8/15/2008 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be considered a duty death he was wearing his star around his neck when he was murded so take note City and FOP! Rest in peace!

8/15/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Brother...... I wish the Media would stop spilling their filth and innuendo about personal lives and issues .... its none of their or our F@@@'n business

8/15/2008 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Soto Sr. July 18, 1959 - August 14, 2008 Chicago, Illinois

Robert Soto Sr., Detective in Bomb and Arson Section of Chicago Police Department. Beloved Husband of Jennifer, nee Kinnumen. Loving Father of Diana Soto, Robert Jr.(Elaine)Soto and Jonathan Soto Jr. Dearest Son of Clara, nee Aguirre and the late Alex Soto. Cherished Grandfather of Mariah Convey. Dear Brother of Laura Soto, Richard Soto, James Soto, Sandra(Robert)Galvan, Alexandra Arriola and Marcia Soto. Fond Uncle of many Nieces and Nephews. Funeral is Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 9 AM from Foran Funeral Home, 7300 West Archer Avenue(55th St. just west of Harlem)Summit, Illinois to St Francis of Assisi Church, 813 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois for a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Interment is Queen of Heaven Cemetery located at 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 17, 2008 from 6PM to 9 PM and on Monday, August 18, 2008 from 2 PM to 9 PM.

8/15/2008 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Soto, I'm sure you are sharing stories with thousands of officers that have passed before you. On-duty...Off-duty...Retired.
God Speed, brother.

8/15/2008 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bobby may you rest in peace,god bless you and your family.

8/15/2008 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You were always able to bring a smile to everyone in the room with one of your silly comments but we knew you spoke from the heart. You will be dearly missed my good friend. I hope your family knows how much you were loved by those who had the pleasure of working with you. This city lost one true hero and a public servant who dedicated his life to serve and protect the citizens of this city.

Fellow Detective
Unit 603

8/15/2008 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The police department and the city should honor Detective Soto with a IN THE LINE OF DUTY funeral because he died in the performance of his duties with his detective star on his chest.

Why is this not being done???

8/15/2008 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you Detective Soto.

8/15/2008 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J-Fed make the call to the gov.
Lower the flags. Do it now.

8/16/2008 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the line of duty death. Give it time. No doubt in my mind once the dics catch the bastards that did this, the story will unfold. That story is what is needed to warrant the tragic honor, and the dics will get it. Soto's family will not be forgotten. Don't worry.

8/16/2008 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/16/2008 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8/16/2008 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous ex 010 District street cop said...

Back in the day when we were encouraged to be the Police, I remember third watch in 010 with great aggressive coppers. Soto being one of them, He was always an ass kicker who did his best for the good people in 010. That was of course back in the day when the police were the police. Not like the cowards we are forced to become due to liability. Hey Daley FUCK YOU, you in my eyes are the cause for his and many other inocent deaths. Your greed and arogance is the cause for this abyss. FUCK YOU and YOUR OLYMPICS. I will do my best to not contribute for anyone of your goals ass hole. R.I.P. Soto & Tamez

8/17/2008 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A Policeman is many things. He is a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, and sometimes a grandfather. He is a protector in time of need and a comforter in times of sorrow. His job calls for him to be a diplomat, a psychologist, a lawyer, a friend and an inspiration. He suffers from an overdose of publicity about brutality and dishonesty. He suffers from more notoriety produced from unfounded charges. Too often acts of heroism go unnoticed and the truth is buried under all the criticism. The fact is that less than one-half of one percent of policemen ever discredit their uniform. That's a better average than you'll find among clergymen. A policeman is an ordinary guy who is called upon for extraordinary bravery for us. His job may sometimes seem routine, but the interruptions can be moments of stark terror. He is the man who faces a half-crazed gunman, who rescues a lost child, who challenges a mob, who risks his neck more often than we realize. He deserves our respect and profound thanks. A policeman stands between the lawbreaker and the law abider. He is the prime reason your home hasn't been burned, your family abused and your business looted. Try to imagine what might happen if there were no policemen around. Then try to think of ways to make their job more rewarding. Show them the respect you really have. Offer them a smile and a kind word. See that they don't have to be magicians to raise their families on less than adequate salaries. We think policemen are great. We thank God for all the little boys who said they would be policemen and all who kept their promise. We hope that you feel the same way and we hope you will show it, so that there will always be enough good policemen to go around.

Dr. Adrian Rogers
Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church
Memphis, TN

We hope this may be a comfort in the times that seem so dark.

Our prayers go out to Det. Soto, his family and his brothers and sisters of the CPD. No matter where we wear the badge, when one falls, we all grieve.

Our prayers also go out to Kathryn and her family at this time.

Memphis, TN

8/17/2008 04:46:00 PM  

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