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Oak Lawn Man Found Unconscious Dies of Injuries

Oak Lawn police continue trying to determine if 51-year-old man was beaten or injured.

The Oak Lawn man who was found unconscious on his front doorstep in the early morning hours of Jan. 30 has died of his injuries, his family reported.

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Terry Reichert, 51, passed away at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Oak Lawn Police said he was found with facial injuries and unable to speak by his girlfriend at his him near 109th Street and Komensky Avenue.

Police and family members said that Reichert had presumably been laying unconscious outside for several hours after being injured.

The man’s girlfriend reported that her boyfriend might have been “jumped” or “battered,” a police news release said.

Reichert had been out the evening before with his brother at a Hometown tavern. Security video shows the brothers leaving the tavern at approximately 1:10 a.m. Jan. 30.

The brother dropped Reichert off at his home but did not wait to see if he got inside the house.

The Oak Lawn Police have opened an investigation. Police are trying to determine what happened between the times Reichert left the bar and was found by his girlfriend.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call police at 708-422-8292.

Patch will update this story when more information becomes available.

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Aj February 04, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Wow...that's sad. Hope they find out what happened, no one looked out their window or heard anything when he was being beaten into a coma?
SB February 04, 2013 at 09:08 PM
The Oak Lawn Police Department needs to look at this case as a Murder Investigation.
TheUnOwen February 04, 2013 at 10:05 PM
This whole case is indeed strange, nobody heard it, brother said he dropped him off at 11 when really it was 1 according to this article and Christ, as stupid as they normally are, throws out cloths he was wearing that may have contained possible evidence, somethings not right here, I smell foul play here
jc February 04, 2013 at 11:32 PM
CC It's a shame , that there is a murder in oak lawn , and the authorities don't seem to care.. But his freinds do...PLEASE help his family n friends find who did this to our friend...........
Ms February 04, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Oak lawn police better be on top of this!
Unknown February 05, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Oak lawn police need to focus more on the innocent ppl getting beaten to death than anything else.
jc February 05, 2013 at 12:13 AM
IT WOULD BE HARD TO BE AN ACCIDENT WITH BRUISES ALL OVER YOUR BODY AND NOT A HOMACIDE PLEASE HELP US SOLVE THIS TRADEGY
jc February 05, 2013 at 12:15 AM
can you hear in the pouring rain and thunder storm
Katey L February 05, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I agree. This man was murdered. He was not just punched, someone hurt him with the intention of killing him. He wasn't even robbed so there is either someone who didn't like him or there is a random murderer running around our neighborhood. This is such a sad story, this family will be in my prayers. I hope the police fight to find out what happened and catch the guy
Cori February 05, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Tragic.
TheUnOwen February 05, 2013 at 06:10 AM
@jc, well either I must have good hearing or youre an old geezer, are you saying you wouldn't hear the sounds of a struggle or shouts right outside your house?
SB February 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
My prayers go out to Terry's family, friends and neighbors. This is truly a tragedy! He was always a well-loved by everyone!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 02:31 AM
With all due respect, I've deleted a few comments that I thought may be hurtful to those who knew and loved Terry Reichert. I reported what people told me. There were no typos because I was relatively awake when I wrote these unlike some. It's easy to lose track of time. I don't wear a watch and use my cell phone mostly to tell time when I'm out. Those seem to be the pervasive questions. Other than that, please be cool and please be sensitive to others' feelings. If anyone wishes to discuss this further, please email me at lorraine.swanson@patch.com.
Ms February 06, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Please find out what happened to our friend
Just Me February 06, 2013 at 03:35 AM
And with all due respect to you, you deleted my comment and I know the family and was simply defending that the brother likely did exactly what you suggested--lost track of time. Should have deleted the comment from above questioning the brother, not mine. This is a tragic situation and the world lost a wonderful person in Terry Reichert. May he rest in peace.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I thought I deleted the comment. My apologies.
rick February 06, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Who's covering up What? RIP Mr.Reichert and prayers for your family
Jason Ball March 29, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Any updates on this?
SB March 29, 2013 at 06:53 PM
What are the Oak Lawn Police doing about this case?

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