CHICAGO — A South Side man whose body was discovered by his roommate was beaten to death, an autopsy determined Thursday.
Edward Cardine's roommate returned to their apartment in the 7000 block of South Claremont Avenue Wednesday morning to find the 44-year-old unresponsive, said Officer Daniel O'Brien, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Cardine was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:50 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.
He died from multiple injuries sustained in an assault, the morgue determined. His death was ruled a homicide.
Area Central detectives are investigating, O'Brien said.
Russell Hughes, 61, said he moved into the apartment directly below Cardine's a few weeks ago and spoke to Cardine briefly several times.
"To me, he seemed like an all-right guy, but I really didn't know him too personally," Hughes said.
Hughes said he was upset when he heard Cardine's death was ruled a homicide, but he still felt safe in the building.
"I hate it. Who wouldn't? I'm just the kind of person to always mind my own business," he said.