“Drew was the kindest person I’d ever met,” wrote Kris Decklever, a friend of Hulburt who launched the campaign Sunday. “Growing up, he was a friend to everyone, and one of my best friends. I was always welcomed at his house by his mother Anita and his father Phil.”
“You’d have been hard-pressed to find a better human being.”
Hulburt was leaving the Skinny Puppy concert at House of Blues just before 11:30 p.m. when two men solicited money from him, Chicago police said. One of those men punched Hulburt in the head. He fell and struck his head on the pavement.
House of Blues staffers tried to revive him by administering CPR, but he didn’t make it.
“We drifted apart as adults do, but we picked up as we had never been apart,” Decklever remembered. “He will be greatly missed.”
Decklever said he established the fundraiser to help Hulburt’s mother with funeral, burial, and transportation expenses.
“If it is possible, anything remaining will go to a potential scholarship in his name at Osage Community High School,” Decklever continued.
People who work in the Marina City complex told CWBChicago that the men who approached Hulburt outside the House of Blues regularly work people for money in the area and along nearby bar strips.
As of Sunday evening, Chicago police have not announced any arrests in connection with Hulburt’s death. The Cook County medical examiner’s office findings were still pending.