David Koschman's death manslaughter Personal Safety Richard J. Vanecko Self-Defense

Daley nephew Richard J. Vanecko indicted for throwing one deadly punch

Knockout: One punch can take a life
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The death of David Koschman was “a tragedy all the way around,” but Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko is “basically a good kid,” Vanecko’s uncle William Daley said Tuesday according to the Sun-Times.

Just one punch was thrown, but it resulted in the death of a young man and a grand jury indictment of former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman.

When 6-foot-3 and 230-pound, Vanecko punched 5-foot-5 and 125-pound Koschman he probably didn’t think it would end up causing the death of the young man, but it did.

The grand jury found that Richard J. Vanecko “recklessly performed acts which were likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another” in Koschman’s death in 2004, according to the indictment.

“The death of the young man was a terrible tragedy,” Daley, a former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “The pain which his family has felt over those years — anyone who has lost a child knows that. It’s irreplaceable pain.”

Most reporting about the indictment focuses on the possibility that there was some kind of cover-up by the police and prosecutors due to Vanecko being former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew. Hopefully, that will be sorted out at the trial.

What is clear is that it should never have happened in the first place. Click here to read more.

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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