At Funeral, Slain Mercy Doctor Remembered As Caring Professional

Mike Krauser
November 30, 2018 - 4:16 pm

(Monte Gerlach Photography via AP)

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LA PORTE, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of people packed a church in La Porte, Ind. Friday to celebrate the life of Dr. Tamara O’Neal, one of the three victims shot to death two weeks ago at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital.   

Those who knew the physician said she was driven, inspirational and a good friend who wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. 

A colleague said her catch phrase was, “Let’s do this.”

She said O’Neal would do volunteer work after her overnight in the emergency room ended.  

A junior high classmate seemed to touch the crowd with a simple story about home economics class. She said Tamara taught her to make collard greens, to laughter from the crowd. It was a little thing, the friend said, but was still so vivid.

The Chairman of the Emergency Department at Rush, Dr. Patrick Connor, read a short poem that he wrote in honor of his colleague.