Gage Park muffler shop owner killed in robbery attempt

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The longtime owner of a muffler shop in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood was shot and killed during a robbery attempt.

It happened at “Independent Mufflers” at 56th and Western on Wednesday evening.

Two men walked into the shop, and demanded money from owner Michael Kozel.

When he tried to run away, he was shot in the back.

The 57 year-old died a few hours later at Stroger Hospital.

His wife of 37 years is stunned by his death.

“Unreal. Unreal,” said Antonia Kozel.

Kozel was known for his generosity, and his sense of humor.

“My dad had the biggest heart. And my mom lost her best friend. Over something very stupid,” said his daughter, Amber Kozel.

Kozel owned the shop for more than 20 years. He was a father of two, and grandfather of three.

Two other employees were at the muffler shop at the time of the attempted robbery, but were able to escape.

This story was published by WGN News Writer C. Hayes.

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  • Morris

    What was he trying to prove by living in and operating a business is a nigger area. ALl he did prove was that niggers are animals and that if you are near them, they will kill you

  • gun rights advocate

    How is this possible?? Isn’t carrying a gun illegal in Chicago?? When will foolish lawmakers learn that criminals don’t follow laws! You only hurt good people when you take away their ability to defend themselves. I don’t know this man but it sounds like he was a great person and it’s sad he is no longer with us. Wonder what could have been.

  • laboo

    mike was a good person and a dear friend i hope they get the asshole's that did that they was wrong mike was a very nice guy we all love him at chicago auto source rip mike.

    • daniel

      i work for him for five years,he was a good man.i told him he should retired but he said he would die at home doing nothing. that not the fist time getting robbed .