JACOB KLEPACZ: Friends Set Up Social Media, Flyer Campaign; An Unfortunate Coincidence

Flowers on a lamp post near where Jacob Klepacz’s body was found.

Friends and family of Jacob Klepacz turned to social media last night in an effort to find the person or persons responsible for his death.

Justice For Jacob K went live on Facebook and Twitter last night. Friends and family will also pass out flyers this coming Saturday in Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park.

Klepacz died after suffering severe head injuries in a beating early on Monday, April 28. His cell phone and wallet were missing, according to friends.

Jacob Klepacz

In the hours before his death, Klepacz watched the Blackhawks game downtown with a friend, then hopped on a Red Line train where, police have been told, he met three apparent strangers. Those strangers joined him for drinks at Dugout sports bar in Wrigleyville.

Afterwards, according to a police source, Klepacz and one of the reported strangers left Dugout and boarded another Red Line train, which they rode to Howard Street. The man who rode to Howard with Klepacz later called 911 to report that Klepacz had been “jumped on” at 1530 W. Fullerton in Lincoln Park.

Like A Movie

In a sad twist, CWB has learned that the events of that Monday night bear some resemblances to a film that one of the three apparent strangers developed several years ago.

The plot: Three friends get drunk and high, then board a Red Line train where they decide to rob a man as the train travels from Addison to Belmont. The incident escalates, the victim is stabbed (although not fatally), and one of the three men—who didn’t like the robbery idea in the first place—struggles with the urge to inform police.

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