Riverdale police on Thursday released a sketch of the man they believe shot and killed an area businessman in the early morning hours.
"He was just a good guy," said Burnside's brother, Maurice Burnside. "He was the definition of a good guy."
Burnside's daughter told the Chicago Tribune that her father was active in the community.
"He did charitable work. A few months ago he held a fundraiser for scholarships for students going to college," she said. "That's just how he was. He was nice like that," said Yvette Burnside.
Melvin Burnside had in the past owned a deli and cleaning service, but was recently involved with Reese's Lounge, at West 87th and South Honore streets.
"We have certainly lost a terrific colleague, friend, and a public servant always finding time to donate his time to local community empowerment and civic activities," said former lounge owner and promoter Mark Allen via e-mail.
Neighbors on the block said they fear the shooting was a random attack.
"If it's something internal, then that stays there. But what if it's an epidemic? Then I have to worry. I have four daughters and it scares the mess out of me," said Lester Washington, who lives right across the street.
In releasing the sketch, police said they're looking for a black man between the ages of 18 and 27.