Funeral announcements have been revealed for Inaki Bascaran, the 23-year-old Chicago man who mysteriously went messing the night before Halloween. His body was found in the Chicago River Friday night, though medical examiners have yet to rule an official cause of death.
Funeral services for Bascaran will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview, Il., on Wednesday, Nov. 10. According to ABC News, the wake will take place from 3-7 p.m., with a mass beginning at 7 p.m.
“While there are still many unknowns at this time, Inaki’s family and friends said they know one thing for sure: They are forever grateful for the love and support from every single person who touched this case,” private detectives released in a statement following his death.
NBC News reported that the Cook County medical examiner’s office has yet to release an official cause of death, and has not responded to questioning due to the active investigation.
“Our hearts have shattered, and we’re still trying to comprehend that our Inaki isn’t coming home in the way we all desperately hoped he would,” said Jose Bascaran, the 23-year-old’s father. “There are not enough words of gratitude to capture the appreciation we have for everyone who helped in the search for our son.”
“We are trying to get as much information as possible from anyone that might have seen anything that can help us find him,” he said. “Everyone loves him, knows he’s really very outgoing guy, he’s a really good kid; this is not something that he will do.”
Inaki Bascaran was in marketing and a recent graduate of the University of Illinois. In high school, he was captain of the Glenbrook South soccer team.
Posting a tribute after his death, Glenbrook wrote that he was “loved by all—family, friends, classmates, teachers and your GBS Soccer teammates and coaches.”
“You made your mark on this world, Captain,” the high school said. “We are honored to have witnessed the impact you made on others.”
Inaki Bascaran was found after multiple, large community searches for the missing Chicago man. Over 200 friends and concerned community members gathered with flashlights and neon vests, with authorities later finding his body in the Chicago River.
Foul play is not believed to be expected, but the Cook County medical examiner has yet to give a detailed report.
After departing from a night out at a bar with friends around 11:39 p.m., he called his roommate on a FaceTime call, where his friends reported that he seemed very intoxicated and did not know where he was.
“He was also intoxicated enough at that point that he thought he was in Lincoln Park and we know now that he wasn’t,” Fradin told ABC News. “He didn’t even really realize what part of town he was in.”
In the morning, when he still had not returned home, his roommate alerted police, who gave them the numbers of hospitals to call. The medical facilities had not reported his whereabouts either.
Making a “heartbreaking call” to Inaki Bascaran’s family, his friend Kayli Fradin said that she was very worried. “Inaki has so many friends from so many areas in his life,” she said at the time. “We just knew that we would get a really big group of people to care.”
She said that he was also “the life of the party,” and someone who”is always trying to make people laugh.”
The family held a vigil on Wednesday, though they were still hoping for his return at the time.
“Inaki is so loved by so many people and we can all feel it ❤️,” the family wrote on Instagram. “There’s been times where we’ve been sobbing together and times where we’ve been laughing together, telling our favorite stories and memories with him.”