Police Officer Areanah Preston, 24, was laid to rest on Wednesday morning in Chicago.

Preston was shot and killed by four teenagers during a crime spree in the violence-plagued city.

The suspects, Trevell Breeland, Joseph Brooks, Jakwon Buchanan, and a 16-year-old juvenile, have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond.

The funeral service for Officer Preston took place at Trinity United Church of Christ.

Prior to the service, visitation was held at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, and there was a procession from the funeral home.

Preston was the sixth and final victim of a series of robberies initiated because one of the suspects allegedly "needed money for a barbecue."

The suspects faced charges not only in connection with Preston's death but also for five other armed robberies and a carjacking that occurred on the same evening.

Prosecutors revealed that Joseph Brooks, believed to be the triggerman, claimed he shot Preston when he saw her reaching for her service weapon.

Preston returned fire, firing two rounds before being struck in the face and neck.

Preston was known for her kindness, intellect, and dedication to service. She had recently obtained her master's degree in jurisprudence from Loyola School of Law.