Father mourns death of Evergreen Park man pulled from Belmont Harbor
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org July 5, 2013 8:53PM
Updated: August 8, 2013 7:08AM
Police warned Michael Evans about looking at the body they had just pulled from Belmont Harbor.
But the Evergreen Park man’s 25-year-old son had been missing for four days. So he ignored them. He needed to know if it was his son.
“He had a bloated face and was recognizable,” Michael Evans said Friday. “I was expecting worse but what I saw was my son Christopher.”
The body of Christopher Evans, of the 8800 block of South Richmond Street in Evergreen Park, was recovered about 9 a.m. Thursday from the harbor by emergency personnel, authorities said. He had last been seen about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Chicago’s North Side Lakeview community, running east toward Lake Michigan after acting erratically, his friends told police.
An autopsy Friday was inconclusive pending further studies, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Christopher, an MBA student who also worked at Loyola University, had planned to attend the Pride Parade later Sunday in Chicago. His friends told police they last saw him after going to Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St., and he was not acting like himself and seemed very agitated.
Michael Evans said that Christopher’s friends later told him that he was saying they needed to leave the tavern immediately because “something bad was going to happen.” Michael said his son had not shown any signs of mental illness.
“He was always easygoing and laid-back,” Evans said.
Christopher was a part-time student at Loyola, enrolled in the MBA program in the Quinlan School of Business, according to the university. He also worked there as a financial analyst in the Financial Services Office. A Loyola spokesman said the university likely would hold some type of memorial service for Evans in the near future.
In an interview Friday at the family home, Michael Evans remembered his son as a gifted, ambitious academic type.
When the family lived in Chicago’s Chatham community, Christopher attended Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy for his first two years of high school. When he was a junior, he was selected to take part in the Advantage Academy at DeVry University, which allowed him to earn an associate’s degree in information technology along with his high school diploma. He graduated from the school in 2006 and went to Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and he graduated in 2010 with degrees in business and management.
Michael Evans said his son was in his second year of the master’s program at Loyola University and planned to earn his doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois.
“He would pursue an academic life some way, somehow,” Michael said.
Michael said Christopher also was on a bowling team with him in Blue Island and was taking tennis lessons and helping him and his wife plan financially for their upcoming trip to Hawaii.
“He was easygoing and driven and a person who had a good idea of what he wanted to do,” Michael Evans said.
Christopher is survived by Michael, his mother Anita, and his 23-year-old brother, Jason. Funeral arrangements were pending as of Friday evening.