With tearful eyes and shaking voices, friends and family members of Tyler Bernicky gathered outside Chicago Police and Fire department headquarters Monday afternoon to plead for information in the 25-year-old’s weekend murder.
“Just please, somebody, speak up,” his mother, Carolyn Hamilton, said.
“If someone out there knows something, we need to know,” added his father, CFD Lt. David Bernicky.
The body of Tyler Bernicky, of Bronzeville, was found about 6 a.m. Saturday in the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue in Grand Crossing when officers responded to a report of a burning vehicle in the block, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He was lying unresponsive on a sidewalk and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. He had been stabbed twice in his chest, several times in the arm and hand and once in his ankle.
His father said he was in the neighborhood visiting members of his tight-knit family and working on cars — his passion — the day before he was killed.
Adam Gordon, Tyler Bernicky’s best friend of more than 20 years, described him as a kind and giving person who would help anyone.
“Anything you needed, he got it for you,” Gordon said. “Anything you needed to talk about, he listened. You needed help, he’d help you.”
Gordon said the two of them had plans to open up their own custom car shop.
“We were working on the plans each and every day,” Gordon said. “It’s pretty much something I have to fulfill by myself now.”
Anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes said a $10,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.
“It’s not about the reward, it’s about the person that knows the information,” Holmes said. “[Tyler Bernicky] was a father [who] should’ve been with his children on Father’s Day.”
David Bernicky thanked Holmes for assisting the family in the wake of his son’s death, as well as the homicide detectives assigned to the case.
He also offered his gratitude to CFD First Deputy Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt, whose own son, Blair Holt, was shot and killed on a CTA bus in 2007 while trying to shield a friend from gunfire.