Man charged with murder of concert-goer outside House of Blues

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CHICAGO — A South Side man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a man outside the House of Blues on November 15.

Jamie Miller, 29, will appear for a detention hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Saturday afternoon, Chicago police said.

In a brief media statement, CPD said Miller is one of the men who “participated in” the murder of 47-year-old Andrew Hulburt.

We should know more about the specific allegations against Miller after he appears in court.

Hulburt was leaving the Skinny Puppy concert at House of Blues just before 11:30 p.m. when two men solicited money from him, according to police and his friends. One of those men punched Hulburt in the head. He fell, struck his head on the pavement, and later died.

House of Blues staffers tried to revive him by administering CPR, but he didn’t make it.

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.

Miller’s arrest record in Chicago is mostly for misdemeanors, including a handful of violations for soliciting without a license.

“Drew was the kindest person I’d ever met,” wrote Kris Decklever, a friend of Hulburt who launched a GoFundMe to help Hulburt’s mother with expenses. “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.”

“We drifted apart as adults do, but we picked up as we had never been apart,” Decklever remembered. “He will be greatly missed.”

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