A memorial service is scheduled for the late Sergio Quiano at St. Edmund Parish, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., on March 3, at 11 a.m.
Little information has been released by Oak Park police about Quiano's murder. The 77-year-old Oak Parker was discovered in his apartment in the 1000 block of North Boulevard on Feb. 2; the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide, noting it was the result of "multiple sharp force injuries."
Alberto and Jovita Monarrez, who were longtime friends of Quiano, described him as a kind and generous man who "never forgot a birthday."
Alberto Monarrez said Quiano had lived in Oak Park for over 35 years – they first met about 25 years ago at Bakers Square Restaurant and Bakery, formerly near the corner of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue, where Quiano worked as a waiter.
Quiano immigrated to the United States from the Philippines, where he had worked as a journalist, Alberto Monarrez said.
He described Quiano as a friendly man who loved to strike up a conversation with anyone who wanted to talk.
"He spent most of the majority of his life talking to people," Alberto Monarrez recalled.
Alberto Monarrez said he was shocked to learn of the nature of Quiano's death.
"It's shocking to anybody for someone to do something so unimaginable … to someone so fragile," he said.
Jovita Monarrez said Quiano was a 30-year parishioner at St. Edmund and was a devout Catholic.
She also expressed disbelief at the cause of Quiano's death.
"We've been working with detectives to hopefully get some resolution," she said. "When they told us he'd passed away we thought it was a heart attack or that he had fallen. We never would have thought someone would do something like this to him."
She remembered him as a kind-hearted man who would buy a cup of coffee for a stranger and get to know them.
"He would buy extra T-shirts and just give them to people," she said, adding, "He never forgot anyone who he befriended."
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