Reward Of $10,000 Offered To Find Killer Of Fire Official's Son

Andy Dahn
June 17, 2019 - 5:04 pm

David Bernicky, a longtime member of the Chicago Fire Department, addresses the media Monday about his son's death. (WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After his son was found stabbed to death on the South Side over the weekend, a longtime Chicago firefighter pleaded for help from the public.

"This should have never happened. He was a father. He should have been with his children on Father's Day."

Chicago Fire Lt. David Bernicky, a 24-year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, said his son, Tyler, was a victim of senseless violence.

"He was visiting family on Friday," Bernicky told reporters Monday afternoon. "It was his grandmother's house. She's owned it for 50 years. He regularly went back there because, even though she's passed away, there's still relatives there and he comes from a tight-knit family."

The 25-year-old's body was found near a burning van in the Chatham neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Bernicky said his son had been working on cars the day before, something he was very passionate about.

Adam Gordon knew Bernicky for more than 20 years.

"When you talk about a best friend, Tyler was the person," he said. "Me and him planned on opening our own custom car shop eventually. We were working on the plans. It's pretty much something I have to fulfill by myself now."

Bernicky is hoping a $10,000 reward will lead to an arrest in his son's murder.

"Someone out there knows something. We need to know,” he said.