Son of Chicago Firefighter Found Dead Near Burning Vehicle in Chatham

The son of a Chicago firefighter found dead early Saturday near a burning van in Chatham had suffered multiple stab wounds, authorities said.

The body of 25-year-old Tyler Bernicky, of Bronzeville, was found about 6 a.m. in the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue when officers responded to a report of a burning vehicle in the block, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said Bernicky had suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and legs and was pronounced dead at the scene. His maroon van was found burning at the rear of a building in the block.

Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation, police said. An autopsy was expected to be conducted Sunday by the medial examiner’s office.

A source confirmed Bernicky was the son of a lieutenant in the fire department who is stationed at a fire house near O’Hare Airport. Fire Commissioner Richard Ford and the department’s chaplain had met with the lieutenant earlier in the day, the source said.

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