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Demolition Company Co-Owner James Gerage Was Beaten To Death, Officials Say

By Stephanie Lulay | September 26, 2016 4:47pm | Updated on October 20, 2016 2:29pm

PILSEN — A man found dead in a burning car in East Pilsen in September was beaten to death, officials say.

The man was identified as James D. Gerage, 43, of the 100 block of Remington Drive in suburban Barrington Hills, shortly after his body was found Sept. 23, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

On Thursday, newly released information from the office showed Gerage died from multiple injuries due to an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

Gerage co-owned Elgin-based company Omega Demolition Corp. With his brother, Chuck Gerage, the company worked on a number of Chicago projects, including the teardown of the Ohio Street feeder bridge on the Kennedy Expy., removing  seats at the Allstate Arena and remodeling inside Rosemont Convention Center, according to the Daily Herald. 

His body was found inside a burning car near 620 W. 21st St., said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman.

The Pilsen area east of the Dan Ryan Expy. where his body was found neighbors Chinatown, the South Loop and the Chicago River. 

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