Man Found Beaten to Death in Lincoln Park

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    Jacob Klepacz, 32, was discovered with trauma to his head in the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue a few minutes before 4 a.m. Monday after someone called 911 and reported a battery. (Published Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014)

    Police are investigating the death of a man found early Monday in Lincoln Park.

    Jacob Klepacz, 32, was discovered with trauma to his head in the 1500 block of West Fullerton Avenue a few minutes before 4 a.m. Monday after someone called 911 and reported a battery.

    He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

    On Tuesday, family and friends of the victim stopped by the location where his beaten body was found.

    "We are definitely devastated with the whole situation," said Fernando Moran, a lifelong friend of Klepacz's. "He was funny, he was just a loveable guy. If you met him once you would never forget the type of guy he was."

    Friends describe Klepacz as a huge Chicago sports fan who watched the Hawks game Sunday at a downtown bar.

    Klepacz's family told NBC 5 that they're hopeful police have surveillance video that may help solve this mystery.

    "I think he was probably mugged and it turned into a bad situation," Moran said.

    A Tuesday autopsy was inconclusive.

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