$85,000 in rewards offered after retired Chicago cop, the city’s longest-serving bomb squad tech, is murdered outside his home

Larry Neuman, left, is seen with surveillance images of the suspects. (@CPDBombSquad, Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Retired Chicago Police Officer Larry Neuman was the longest-serving member of the department’s bomb squad when he retired 14 years ago. He’d been on the elite team longer than any other cop in the history of the Chicago Police Department. After retirement, he took on a new role: teaching those following in his footsteps as an explosives specialist at both of Chicago’s international airports.

Around 11:32 a.m. on Thursday, two men murdered Neuman near his home in the 4300 block of West Monroe. He was 73.

Now, CPD has released a video clip of two men that investigators have linked to Neuman’s murder. They need help identifying the suspects. Take a look:

Police said one of the suspects, both apparently between 16 and 21, wore a dark hoodie with a graphic on the back. The other wore a dark Adidas hoodie. Both were wearing Jordan shoes.

Tips can be shared anonymously with Area 4 detectives at 312-746-8252 or at CPDtip.com. Refer to case number JH-313876. Anonymous tips can also be shared with Crime Stoppers by calling 800-535-STOP.

Several rewards are being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Neuman’s killers.

  • $25,000 is being offered by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
  • The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are each offering $25,000 rewards.
  • Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000 cash for information that leads to the arrests of the killers.

On Second City Cop, a long-running blog dedicated to Chicago policing matters, Neuman was remembered well.

A US Marine, veteran of the Vietnam War, we believe the first African American bomb tech in Chicago, Color Guard Sergeant for the Pipes and Drums, and after retiring continued teaching bomb techs at both airports. He was also an ordained minister at the church located in the 011th District near where he lived and was accosted.

We met Larry many times and a kinder gentleman you’d be lucky to run across. His contact number is still in our cell phone. That he remained in the community long after retiring is a testament to his dedication to service – in the military, in the police department and in his church.

God bless you and your family Larry. You will be missed.

A photo of Larry Neuman visiting the Chicago Police Department bomb squad unit. (@CPDBombSquad)

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