A senior citizen died Monday after falling down a garbage chute at an apartment building on Chicago's northwest side. Regina Waldroup reports.
A senior citizen died Monday after falling down a garbage chute at an apartment building on Chicago's northwest side.
Authorities said the man, identified as 90-year-old Rocco Sette, was found dead at the Belmont Place Senior Apartments, at 4645 W. Belmont Ave.
The man's body was found inside a container by a custodian moving a dumpster full of garbage from inside the senior living complex.
"I was scared," Jesus Luz said. "I went to the management and said something happened, someone is in there."
Officers were called to the building shortly after 9 a.m. Residents said Sette lived alone on the sixth floor and often talked about dancing.
"One of his family members would come by and see him every week and take him to the store," resident Miquel Santos said.
There are garbage chutes on each floor of the seven-story building. Some are finding it hard to believe the man many called Rocky fell into the chute by accident.
"I take garbage out three times a week," Helen Perkins said. "If someone was in that chute they put themselves in there or someone else put them in there."
An 80-year-old woman last April fell to her death in a trash chute inside the Astor Condominiums, on the 1500 block of North Astor Street. A 16-year-old fell down a trash chute in that same building in February 2012.