CHICAGO — A man was found shot to death after firefighters put out a fire at an apartment in the Gresham neighborhood Wednesday.

Officials said the fire broke out at 12:45 a.m. on the first floor of an apartment building in the 7900 block of South Elizabeth Street.

A 49-year-old man was found shot in the head.

The man was identified by his father as Jermaine Waterman.

Fire officials said there is some indication that someone attacked Waterman in the building.

Waterman’s parents said he owned the two flat and lived on the first floor while renovating the second level.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Waterman was remembered as a committed son and friend who loved ones say they will miss deeply.

“I’m very angry, very angry. You didn’t have to do this,” Waterman’s father, Ronald, said.

Waterman’s parents say the Florida A and M alum was a devoted son who was offered a job out of state but stayed in Chicago to be near his parents.

“Very nice person, the sweetest person, not because he’s my son but he’s one of the sweetest persons you would ever want to know, very nice,” Ronald Waterman said.

Nora Green says she was like an extended mom to Jermaine Waterman, saying that he was extremely thoughtful.

“Christmas, my birthday, my husband’s birthday, he always remembered those occasions,” Green said.  

At this time, the cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.