Dereial Manning, 7, (left) and her sister Ca'Rese, 3, wave good-bye to their hosts from TeamHope of Illinois as their Amtrak train rolls out of Homewood, Illinois, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. The children were returning to Louisiana with their mother after fleeing their Hurricane Katrina ravaged home and living one year in Chicago's south suburbs.
Firefighter Bill Goetz (right) comforts Liz Schreiber (left) and her daughter, Diane, during a prayer vigil at the site of the motorcycle accident that took the life of fellow firefighter Robert Schreiber earlier that day in Posen, Illinois.
U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert motions as he describes the large plumes of smoke he saw pouring out of the Pentagon from his Capitol Hill office during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Libyan-American Fathiya El Hareery, hugs a friend during a gathering to mark the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Godhafi. El Hareery's husband, Ibrahim Elfirjani, has been in Libya for eight months helping the rebel forces in the fight to oust Godhafi.
Rayne Skoglund (left) loses his composure as his mother, Jackie Trull, recount the previous day's accident that took the life of his stepfather. Robert Trull died at an auto junkyard when a Dodge Durango truck fell on him while he was underneath pulling parts to use on the Durango he had given to Rayne for his birthday a week earlier.
Yolanda Collins pauses at the site where her duplex used to stand at 15 Bailey Road in Park Forest before a gas explosion leveled it and heavily damaged the neighboring unit at left. Collins survived the explosion when a nearby utility worker heard the blast and rushed over with a ladder to rescue her.
Firefighter Chris Vacek works to keep a blaze under control in the Buzz and Bloom Prairie at the Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights, Illinois.
Before releasing a balloon, Hillcrest High School basketball player Jayone Troutman takes a moment to remember his best friend and teammate, Ryan Royall, who was shot and killed three days earlier as the two were hanging out together.
Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan Wedel hugs his mother, Kathy, as he is welcomed home by a large crowd of family, friends, and neighbors at his family's home in Chicago's Scottsdale neighborhood.
Mark McCann, 9, of Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood, peers inside Queen of Martyrs Church at the funeral for Army Spc. Jared Stanker, who was killed by an improvised explossive device (IED) while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Syneca White (center) grieves over the casket of her husband, Army Pfc. DeWayne White, 27, during his funeral at Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago.
Crews work to remove a Southwest Airlines jet off of Central Avenue after it crashed through a wall at Midway Airport on Chicago's South Side. A young boy was killed when the airplane crushed the vehicle he was riding in on the residential street.
Melissa Bender, 17, (left) and Quinn Sweeney, 16, embrace as they sit at a memorial near 100th Street and Turner Avenue in Evergreen Park, Illinois where their friend, Danielle Sellers, 17, was killed in a car crash the previous night.