The week before his son's brutal murder, Steve Chikerotis, a retired Chicago Fire Department deputy district chief, saw his boy twice on the set of the popular television program he helped shape.
Being with his son, David Chikerotis and collaborating on "Chicago Fire" was something special for the dad.
On Wednesday afternoon, the father, who was clearing in the kitchen of his residence, now said he knew now that the two were blessing each moment.
"He was known as" The Beast, "Steve Chikerotis said about David's nickname on the set. "He was the hardest working man one could find. He liked the teamwork and worked with others to create something.
David Chikerotis was found severely beaten on Saturday morning in a house in the southern suburb of Evergreen Park by officials who responded to a 91
His brother Luke had received a phone call from David's cell phone that morning In the background, Luke heard his brother's voice and said, "Do not come, Luke, it's a trap."
Even after being beaten for hours and hours, David tried to protect his brother, his family said.
Luke immediately phoned 911 and sent officers to the 8700 block of South Francisco in Evergreen Park, then hurried there himself. When he arrived, David was already in the ambulance and three people were in detention.
David was taken to the Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn, where he underwent emergency surgery. But on Monday morning he died of his injuries.
Jonathan M. Owens, 30; His girlfriend, 26-year-old Stacy Krisik and 26-year-old Jessica Doherty, were each charged with a complicated battery that, according to officials, would cause serious injury to David's beatings. At a hearing on Monday in Bridgeview, all were refused the release of the bail.
The prosecutors have not said whether the trio will be facing increased charges following David's death.
According to his father, David was beaten for three to four hours. The three who were accused of hurting his son allegedly paused to smoke marijuana and then beat him.
"How can you do that?" His dad asked. "How can you hurt someone for so long? It is unfathomable.
Police have released few details about the attack, and Cook County State Attorney's Office failed to respond to requests for further information on David's killing Wednesday.
Steve Chikerotis, who had worked for the fire department for 36 years Having retired to focus on the show, he was first involved in the film business as a consultant for the 1991 thriller "Backdraft." In addition to advising on "Chicago Fire," Chikerotis also serves as a producer, appearing in 20 episodes as Actor on The series was played by CFD district chief Steve Walker.
Steve Chikerotis also received script for two episodes of the show, which debuted its seventh season in September, according to the Internet Movie Database.
David had been working full time on the latter Season of "Chicago Fire" as a set designer, a job he was very proud of, said his mother Mary Chikerotis. He felt confident and successful – which was important for the 31-year-old.
David had gone a hard way as a teenager, struggling with addiction as a young man, his family said. As a gifted athlete and student, he was drugged by the oversized personality that loved all his family.
According to court records, David had been charged with a variety of non-violent crimes during this time. He pleaded guilty to a crime in 2008, and again in 2010 to possession of burglary tools.
But that's all in the past, his family said. In December, he celebrated four years of sobriety.
It was a fight, remembered Steve Chikerotis and smiled as he pointed to all the white hair on his head, but he said the family had become stronger.
Recently, David and his father had been trading ideas back and forth. One day, Steve said he hopes to finish a manuscript based on his son's stories.
Just like everything he did, David plunged near the head and full of heartiness in sobriety. At meetings, he contacted young addicts and sponsored them.
For the past four years he has been doing well: selling cars in a dealership in Evergreen Park, eventually joining the mechanics union Motion Picture Studio and starting to work on TV shows, including "Empire" and "The Exorcist". 19659027] Facebook
David had gone to a party in Evergreen Park the night before his death, his parents said. The gathering was held by friends of his new girlfriend, who they said were present during the beatings he had suffered.
They do not know why he was attacked, but they do not believe he had a relapse.
They want to look for the silver lining, they said – to see the light as opposed to staying in the dark.
On Wednesday they were waiting for an employee of Gift of Hope, the non-profit organ and tissue donation organization arrive.
David loved to give presents. As a child, he would buy small gifts for his mother with his piggy bank. As an adult, he always wanted to make sure that every gift he gave was the best for the person.
"He had a big heart," his mother said about his organ donation. "One last gift."
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