Man charged in murder, basement burial
PILSEN | Reputed gang member thought victim stole
money from him, provoking '04 killing: cops

January 25, 2008

A Southwest Side man was charged Thursday with killing
Eric Kaminski and burying his body in a basement in
2004 because he thought Kaminski stole money from him,
Chicago Police said.

Daniel Nevarez, 26, is charged with first-degree
murder and concealment of a homicide. He is scheduled
to appear in Cook County Criminal Court today.

Police in December are at the house on West Coulter
where the body of Eric Kaminski (inset) was found
buried in the basement.
Nevarez, a reputed member of the Satan Disciples
street gang, shot Kaminski in the head and shoulder
and buried him under a dirt floor in the basement of
an apartment building in the 2200 block of West
Coulter in the Pilsen neighborhood, police said.

Police said they think Kaminski was working for
Nevarez, doing painting and other jobs in a different

"Some money came up missing," Harrison Area Lt.
Melissa Staples said. "Nevarez felt Kaminski took his

Nevarez lured Kaminski to the Coulter building and
killed him, Staples said. Concrete was poured over the
dirt floor after the slaying, she said.

On Dec. 27, Nevarez was arrested at his home in the
4400 block of South Knox on unrelated charges of
illegal gun possession and aggravated battery, records

'Wanted to be a cop'
After the arrest, police said they received several
tips that Nevarez killed Kaminski and buried his body
at the Coulter building.

Chicago firefighters who specialize in building
collapses helped police drill into the floor, and a
DuPage County cadaver dog located the body.

Kaminski was still clothed in the blue Carhartt sweat
shirt and blue jeans he was wearing when he
disappeared, police said.

Nevarez has refused to speak to detectives about the
killing, police said.

Nevarez's grandfather owns the Coulter building,
according to Nevarez's attorney, Stu Goldberg. He said
Nevarez's father was in Mexico at the time the floor
was laid.

"He [the father] did testify at the grand jury but
said he had no knowledge of the homicide and no
knowledge of the burial and no knowledge that the
floor was being laid over a human body," Goldberg

Nevarez, a convicted felon, grew up in a tough area of
the city near 47th and Cicero called Sleepy Hollow,
said his brother Salvador Nevarez, 39. Daniel Nevarez
once "wanted to be a cop" and enrolled at Daley
to study criminology, Salvador Nevarez said.

"He is the only one who knows what happened," Salvador
Nevarez said.

"I hope he didn't do anything like that. I feel really
sorry for the family of the other kid."