Monday, June 02, 2014

JACOB KLEPACZ CASE: The Long Wait For "Science"

One of many informational flyers posted by friends and family of
Jacob Klepacz tells his story outside of Wrigley Field.
It's been just over a month since a 911 caller summoned police to the 1500 block of Fullerton where they found 32-year-old Jacob Klepacz dead or dying after he suffered severe head trauma.

There have been no arrests and Klepacz's case remains classified as a "death investigation" by the police department.

Former Chicago police officer Bob Zuley has been reporting on the case for the Inside Online group of community newspapers.

In his latest report, Zuley writes about 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack's claim that Klepacz's death was "not random." The alderman made that statement the day after Klepacz died.

"I want this case solved and someone brought to justice," Waguespack tells Zuley. Regarding his claim that the case was "not random," Waguespack says that "is exact wording that came from the police. I asked them twice about that exact phrase. [This was] directly cleared by CPD."

As CWB reported first, the 911 caller told police that he and two other men met Klepacz on a Red Line train on the night of April 28. After the four went to Wrigleyville's Dugout sports bar for drinks, police sources have told us, the 911 caller and Klepacz boarded another Red Line train that they rode all the way to the Howard station.

The 911 caller has told police that he could not remember going to Howard Street nor could he recall how he and Klepacz wound up nearly seven miles away on Fullerton Avenue.

A police detective recently told a community meeting that Klepacz's death had not yet been ruled a homicide because they were awaiting "science." On Friday, CWB was told by a source that pending lab work was also needed before officers could seek charges in the case.

Meanwhile, Klepacz's family hit the streets again this weekend, distributing informational flyers and plastering posters on poles throughout Wrigleyville and the area of Lincoln Park where Jacob's body was found.
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