Jacob Klepacz's Death in Lincoln Park Has Friends Searching For Answers
LINCOLN PARK — Many questions remain more than a week after Jacob Klepacz was found severely beaten and unresponsive on the side of Fullerton Avenue and later pronounced dead.
As of Thursday afternoon the case remained under investigation and still was classified as a "death investigation." Results from an autopsy are pending from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Friends of Klepacz said they are frustrated by the lack of information being made available and have set up social media accounts to try to raise awareness of the case.
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Klepacz's tight-knit group of friends also plan to hand out fliers Saturday afternoon with his photo and information on the incident, which took place near the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue.
The friends hope a witness or someone with information might come forward.
"We are just hoping to jog somebody's memory that maybe they just remember seeing him or remember seeing who he may have been with," said Klepacz's close friend Angela Caravetta, 32.
Caravetta said the group of Klepac's friends don't want to interfere with the investigation, but do want to keep the story fresh in people's minds.
"We can't give up," she said. "He's been our friend for a very long time and he deserves justice, and he would do it for us."
Police responded to a battery call around 3:50 a.m. April 28 and found Klepacz on the ground unresponsive with severe head trauma, according to an alert from Ald. Scott Waguespack's office (32nd).
He was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Hospital 40 minutes later.
The alderman's alert indicated police did not know the motive of the crime, but said it was not a random attack and that Klepacz met up with "the possible offenders" elsewhere in the city before coming to the Fullerton location.
Friends said Klepacz had been at Timothy O'Toole's Pub in Streeterville on the afternoon of April 27 watching the Blackhawks game, and he posted on Facebook that he was at The Dugout Sports Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville later that night.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 312-744-8263.
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