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Family Gets Justice For Death Of Edgewater Man Who Overdosed On Drugs That “Will Knock You Out Like Mike Tyson In His Prime”

Joshua Bloomfied and Sylvia Schaefer

The mother of 29-year-old Joshua Bloomfield turned the terrible pain of losing a child into action over the last year by protesting alongside others to get the criminal system to prosecute drug dealers. Now the man who sold Bloomfield the fatal dose of narcotics has been charged with homicide.

Bloomfield, who was remembered as a quick witted person that brought laughter to any room, had just celebrated his birthday on May 27, 2019 with family and friends the night before his death. His husband left the event for a job interview in Wisconsin while Bloomfield returned back to their Edgewater apartment around 9 p.m.

It was then that Bloomfield started text messaging with 31-year-old Christopher Paulus, a friend that he had met in a drug rehabilitation program a few years prior. In those texts, Bloomfield invited Paulus over after learning he had a range of illegal substances including heroine that was so strong that would “knock him out like Mike Tyson in his prime.”

Sometime later, Bloomfield was found dead of an overdose by his husband when he returned to their home on the 5500 block of N. Winthrop. The toxicology reports showed he had died from a fatal fixture of alcohol and several drugs including heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and clonazepam. He was laid to rest a few days later on June 1, 2019 by grieving family and friends.

As the family mourned the death, the victim’s mother Sylvia Schaefer received the details of how her son died. That information turned her pain into action as she joined others who were working to make drug dealers accountable for their customers overdoses. In fact, of the 1000+ people who died of drug-related overdoses in 2019 there were only eight dealers charged with the deaths.

After working diligently through the past year demanding justice for her son’s death, Schaefer and the rest of Bloomfield’s family received the bittersweet news this past Tuesday that Paulus would in fact be had accountable. He is currently charged with felony drug-induced homicide in connection to the death.

Paulos was ordered by Judge Arthur Willis held with bail set at $2 million. However, because of another arrest warrant from Maryland, he will instead be held without bail at Cook County Jail.


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