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Article posted: 6/7/2013 5:02 PM

Glen Ellyn neighborhood honors fallen FBI agent

Glen Ellyn resident Chris Clayton arranges a flag of flowers in honor of fallen FBI Special Agent Christopher Lorek, who died in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise. Clayton is a neighbor of Lorek’s parents, Bill and Janet Lorek, as well as a good friend of his surviving brother, Jason.

Glen Ellyn resident Chris Clayton arranges a flag of flowers in honor of fallen FBI Special Agent Christopher Lorek, who died in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise. Clayton is a neighbor of Lorek's parents, Bill and Janet Lorek, as well as a good friend of his surviving brother, Jason.

 

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Glen Ellyn resident Chris Clayton arranges a flag of flowers in honor of fallen FBI Special Agent Christopher Lorek, who died in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise. Clayton is a neighbor of Lorek’s parents, Bill and Janet Lorek, as well as a good friend of his surviving brother, Jason.

Glen Ellyn resident Chris Clayton arranges a flag of flowers in honor of fallen FBI Special Agent Christopher Lorek, who died in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise. Clayton is a neighbor of Lorek's parents, Bill and Janet Lorek, as well as a good friend of his surviving brother, Jason.

 

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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The Glen Ellyn neighborhood where Christopher Lorek grew up will be adorned with flags and flowers this weekend as the fallen FBI special agent is memorialized in his hometown.

The decorations include a display in front of Lorek's parents' home on Blackcherry Lane featuring a large American flag made of red and white gardenias and blue ground cover.

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Longtime neighbor and family friend Chris Clayton put together the arrangement as a tribute to Lorek.

"I know how much Chris enjoyed what he was doing, and he enjoyed what he was doing because he loved his country," Clayton said Friday. "The entire neighborhood's going to be decorated in flags. We wanted to take it a step further."

Lorek, 41, was one of two special agents killed in a May 20 counterterrorism training exercise off the Virginia Beach coast.

A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James the Apostle Church, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

Donations also may be made to the Christopher Lorek Memorial Fund at Community Bank, 357 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. Proceeds will fund a memorial bench at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and other community projects in Lorek's memory.

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