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Unconscious Man Found On Granville Is Identified, Dies From Injuries

mikeThe unconscious man that was found on the 1200 block of W. Granville Ave. on August 9, died from his injuries on September 4, 2015. Soon after first reporting that the Chicago Police needed help finding out who the man was, he was identified as Michael G. Reiniger, 62, a long time resident of Chicago.

Reiniger was seen on Granville having trouble walking. He then fell, striking his head on the pavement. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston where he remained unconscious until he passed away.

When long-time friend Stephen B. Starr found out about the incident, he was told Reiniger had no movement from the neck down and possible brain trauma. According to Starr, his brother and sister had decided to remove life sustaining medical care due to the severity of the injuries.

Starr said, “I was shocked and disheartened to learn he was unnamed for 2 1/2 weeks.” He added, “Along with Michael’s other friends, I contacted many people who knew Michael. He was newly retired from teaching music for District 65 in Evanston where I live, so I conveyed details of his funeral mass to Young Evanston Artists (YEA!) and Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA), music organizations he was active in.”

The circumstances surrounding what happened to Reiniger are still unclear. The possibility of Michael being assaulted before he stumbled and fell have been rumored. Starr said,”Some of us try to puzzle it out in our conversation, but all that is hearsay.  It’s very troubling… but it will not bring Michael back.”

Michael was laid to rest at Glenwood Cemetery in Maynard, Massachusetts this past Saturday. Michael’s family asks that memorial gifts be made in his name to benefit the local music education or social services organization of one’s choice.

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