A family wants justice after a suburban man’s body was found dumped in Chicago a sewer. Not just for his murder — but for other missing people who’ve never been found.
Vasudeavreddy Kethireddy's family has grieved his death for less than two weeks. But they're already working to make sure his memory lives on by starting a charitable foundation to help the community.
Hearing stories about Kethireddy's life helps his family cope with his death, his son Shantan said.
"It's a little bit hard to be reminded of the circumstances," he said. "I feel really happy as I learn new things about my dad and people that he helped."
The 76-year-old from Rolling Meadows disappeared while helping two of his renters in Englewood.
"When they needed rides to grocery stores," Shantan said. "When they needed help with the rent, he would help them."
Now two of Vasudeavreddy Kethireddy's tenants are charged with his murder.
"We could certainly fill our time and our lives with hate and anger," Shantan said.
Instead he's starting a charity in his dad's name to give back to the Englewood community that helped search for his father.
"We walked up and down a number of streets, my wife and I, there was just so much kindness," Shantan said.
Community activist Andrew Holmes' foundation is one of the charity's beneficiaries to help find missing people.
"It's just a blessing that you turn a tragedy into something that helps someone else," Holmes said. "He wants to come on board and help us put the fliers out, help us get them back home, help get them back in church, help get them back in school."
Shantan told NBC 5 that helping is exactly what he wants to do.
"(I want to) help encourage some of the kids that are growing up there now to make different decisions in their lives," he said. "And that's something that I think my dad would've found important."
The Vasudevareddy Kethireddy Foundation will also benefit St. John Evangelist Church to promote positive role models in the community.
You can donate on their website: mrreddy.org.