Editor’s notice: This story has been modified to replicate that Peter Rim’s pal, Kurt Anderson, was not driving the car, as initially reported, however he was a passenger.
Mates of Peter Rim, the suburban restaurateur shot and killed Thursday in Chicago, remembered him as a heat and caring particular person with a larger-than-life character.
Rim, 46, of South Barrington, had tons of pals, a lot of whom posted about their grief and reminiscences on Fb, stated Jeff Dunham of Chicago, his enterprise companion and pal of 25 years.
“I am crushed,” Dunham stated by way of tears. “The man was greater than life. In 20 lifetimes, you would not meet a personality like him, with a character as massive as they arrive. He was simply wonderful.”
Rim and Dunham, together with one other enterprise companion, Jino Kim, co-owned El Cochino restaurant in Lake within the Hills and Bistro Wasabi eating places in Lake within the Hills and Hoffman Estates, Dunham stated.
Chicago police stated Rim was using within the passenger seat of a car touring west on the 4100 block of West Diversey Avenue when an SUV pulled alongside. There was a verbal trade, and somebody within the SUV pulled out a gun and opened hearth, placing Rim within the head.
Police stated Friday nobody is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Dunham stated Rim was a passenger in a automobile with frequent pal Kurt Anderson, a chef at El Cochino. He known as Dunham about 6:40 a.m. Thursday, simply after Rim was shot.
“He known as me, actually screaming, that Peter had gotten shot,” Dunham stated. “They have been on the road, a automobile pulled up subsequent to them. The man was saying one thing to them. Peter opened the window and the man shot 5 occasions.”
“It was simply random,” Anderson stated in an interview with WGN-TV. “There was no upsetting. There was nothing. Peter did not deserve this — in any respect.”
Dunham stated he arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital as an ambulance carrying Rim arrived. “He wasn’t useless once I received there. He was nonetheless alive, semi secure. It is type of loopy. Thirty minutes later, the top of trauma got here in and informed me, ‘Look, it is not good.'”
His homicide was completely stunning, Dunham stated, including police informed him it is likely to be a case of mistaken identification.
“He did not have an enemy anyplace. Not one,” he stated. “I do not suppose in the event you hit him, the man would get in a battle.”
Chicago police spokeswoman Jennifer Bryk declined to touch upon whether or not authorities have been mistaken identification as an element.
Rim was well-known within the Chicago nightclub scene, notably within the River North neighborhood, stated pal Jermaine Christopher Hudson, who used to work at Sound-Bar. “He was energetic, very sarcastic, heat and welcoming,” Hudson stated. “And fairly frankly, unconventional.”
Hudson stated he final spoke with Rim about 6 a.m. Wednesday, when Rim — used to staying up into the early morning hours with pals — known as him “simply to speak.”
“We all the time had deep, thought-provoking conversations. We talked concerning the business, how we are able to make it higher,” Hudson stated. “He just about was the man that everybody knew. The door workers, the managers, the bar service ladies. … He is simply a type of faces that everybody knew.”
Rim was a born restaurateur who by no means hesitated to cook dinner on particular order, stated Dunham, who is also a companion within the LifeZone 360 Sports activities Advanced in West Dundee. “I got here into the restaurant, it was like, ‘What am I going to make you?'” he stated. “It was his nurturing soul.”
Rim has a youthful brother who lives out of state and fogeys who reside in Illinois, Dunham stated.
He was into clothes and trend however did not worth materials issues very a lot, Dunham stated.
“He was into individuals and having enjoyable,” Dunham stated. “He was a fun-loving, caring man. Peter was only a nut. He was the lifetime of the get together, interval.”
Good friend Jay Walker, who lives in Elva simply south of DeKalb, stated Rim by no means hesitated to assist out pals in want.
Two years in the past, on a chilly and snowy winter day, Rim picked up Walker and one other pal after a Chicago Bears soccer recreation, drove them to the North Aspect of Chicago for pizza, then drove them to Bistro Wasabi within the suburbs and at last took Walker residence — a drive of 80 miles whole.
“He all the time had constructive issues to say,” Walker stated. “You would all the time depend on him. Whether or not you have been completely happy or unhappy, Peter all the time constructed you up.”