Rogers Park Man Pulled from Lake Michigan Near Lake Shore Campus

Courtesy of Tony WebsterA group of five to six men approached a 29-year-old man and hit him repeatedly, knocked him to the ground and said they had a weapon, police said.

A man was pulled from Lake Michigan near Rogers Park Tuesday, police said.

Authorities responded at approximately 8:42 a.m. to the 1000 block of West Pratt Boulevard — less than a mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — after the man was found unresponsive in the lake, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco.

The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the man as 64-year-old Croslene Kettle, a resident of Rogers Park.

Witnesses pulled him from the water, Pacheco said, and he was transported to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy has been done, bu Kettle’s cause and manner of death are pending results of toxicology tests.

Kettle talks about his love for Rogers Park. Courtesy of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce.

49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden released a statement to community members Tuesday.

“Endearingly referred to as Kettle by his friends, he was a friendly fixture at The Oasis, where he worked,” Hadden said. “Kettle enjoyed spending his free time on the lakefront fishing off the pier.”

In the statement, Hadden said people in the neighborhood will come together to remember Kettle.

“I am sorry for the loss that Kettle’s family, friends and our broader community is experiencing,” Hadden said. “In knowing the resilience of Rogers Park, I am certain that we will come together to grieve this loss.”

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