Iñaki Bascaran funeral details announced: 'Our hearts have shattered'

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Missing Chicago Man Inaki Bascaran
Missing Chicago Man Inaki Bascaran

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A nearly weeklong search for a 23-year-old Chicago advertising executive who was last seen leaving a bar in River North on Halloween night has come to a tragic end.

Chicago police said late Friday that a body pulled from the Chicago River has been identified as that of Iñaki Bascaran.

Police said the Marine Unit recovered Bascaran's body around 4:53 p.m. near the 1000 block of S. Wells St.

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Missing man Inaki Bascaran's father said his son was last seen at Celeste bar in River North around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

In a statement Bascaran's family said they are grieving his death.

"Our hearts have shattered, and we're still trying to comprehend that our Iñaki isn't coming home in the way we all desperately hoped he would," said Jose Bascaran, Iñaki'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."

Funeral services for Bascaran will be held Nov. 10, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview. The wake will take place from 3-7 p.m., with a mass beginning at 7 p.m.

Bascaran was last seen at Celeste bar, 111 W. Hubbard St., around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to friends and family.

His father Jose Bascaran said his son, a University of Illinois graduate and advertising professional, got separated from his friends and ended up outside the bar after 11 p.m.

He said Bascaran texted his friends that he was outside the bar and trying to get back inside around 11:45 p.m. At 11:50 p.m., he texted again to say he was getting back in line to get into the bar.

His father said he then FaceTimed with his roommate, who was not at the bar, and believed he was walking next to a Walgreens and heading home. That was the last communication he had with anyone. After that, a friend inside the bar texted Iñaki Bascaran at 12:15 a.m., but he never read the text.

Chicago police are searching for a 23-year-old man who was last seen at a bar in River North on Saturday night.

"We are trying to get as much information as possible from anyone that might have seen anything that can help us find him," Jose Bascaran 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."

More than 100 people gathered in River North outside the bar where Bascaran was last seenMonday, then launched a search of the surrounding alleys and streets, as well as in Wrigleyville, where he lives in the 800-block of West Newport Avenue, five miles north.

"I think everyone here can probably say they've went out to a bar and walked home alone at night, as stupid as it may be, and we've all done it, and it's just shocking because 100 out of 100 times you wake up the next morning and you get on with your day," said Nathan Meyer, Bascaran's college roommate and best friend in high school.

The medical examiner said Bascaran's cause of death is pending.