Thursday, July 10, 2014

PROGRESS: Medical Examiner Rules April Death of Jacob Klepacz Was Homicide

An informational flier distributed by friends and family of Jacob Klepacz
is secured to a light pole outside of Dugout sports bar in Wrigleyville.
Klepacz is believed to have spent some of his final hours
at Dugout, drinking with apparent strangers.
The death of Jacob Klepacz, who was found severely beaten in Lincoln Park after having drinks with apparent strangers in Wrigleyville early on April 28th, has been ruled a homicide.

For more than 10 weeks, Klepacz's friends and family struggled with the Chicago Police Department's classification of his case as a "death investigation." That changed yesterday when the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled that Klepacz died in a blunt force trauma homicide. Motive: apparent robbery.

Days after Jacob's death, detectives attended a neighborhood CAPS meeting where they cryptically stated that their investigation was "moving in the right direction" but that they were waiting for "science."

Let's hope that the science is in and the justice can begin.

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11 comments:

  1. Really?...who didn't know this immediately...so sad for his family.....

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    1. Exactly. It's not as if he robbed and beat himself.

      I, too, am sad for his family & friends. I pray that they catch the monsters who did this.

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  2. It's unfortunate that over 90% of murders go unsolved in Chicago. I hope someone can provide much needed information.

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  3. Crime stats. It's a new quarter, they felt as though they could absorb a murder from over 2 months ago amongst all this other mayhem. PR is everything.

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  4. Funny, WBBM radio announced today that "alcohol was a contributing factor in his death" so as to justify it I guess. Odd.

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    1. You only have yourself to blame if you get murdered in Chicago, apparently.

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  5. The only contributing factor was being in chiraq after dark.

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  6. So the medical examiner made this a homicide. What about the CPD? It's two different agencies. Did the CPD classify it as a homicide? Because I understood from all the previous reporting that they thought it was only a death investigation.

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  7. I feel just terrible for his family and friends (and for Jacob himself, of course) - this is totally unacceptable on all levels. No, not just because it happened in Lincoln Park. All unsolved homicides in this city are reprehensible, I just can't believe it took this long to classify his death properly.

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  8. If CWB hadn't kept the pressure on this case, it would have stayed a 'death investigation'.

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