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Tragic Shooting Over Pizza and Bar Tab Claims Life of Beloved Illinois Man: Michael Freund Charged with First-Degree Murder

Beloved Illinois Man Fatally Shot in Tragic Altercation Over Pizza and Bar Tab

In a devastating incident, Dexter Perkins, described as “the life of the party” by a longtime friend, lost his life during a dispute over a pizza and bar tab at Rosie O’Reilly’s in Wheaton. The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Michael Freund, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to authorities.

The altercation unfolded around 8:40 a.m., leading DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputies to respond to a call of shots fired at the bar. Upon arrival at Bromley Lane, officers discovered Perkins deceased. Investigations revealed that a quarrel erupted over pizza and the bar tab involving Perkins, Freund, and two other unidentified men.

A scuffle ensued on the bar’s front porch, prompting Freund to allegedly fire two “warning shots” into the air using a 9-mm Glock handgun. Perkins then reportedly approached one of the men, leading Freund to shoot him in the torso and face from the other side of a wooden railing.

After the shooting, Freund allegedly placed the firearm, fired a total of 11 times, in the center console of his truck, where it was later found by law enforcement. Freund was apprehended at Rosie O’Reilly’s without incident.

During a court appearance, Freund, an Aurora resident, was charged with first-degree murder. The presiding judge denied a pre-trial release, and Freund’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 18, 2024.

Perkins, who did not know Freund or the others involved, was remembered as “the glue” to his group of friends and “the reason a lot of us know each other.” A GoFundMe page, established by close friend David Killingsworth, aims to support Perkins’ family, particularly his two daughters.

Killingsworth emphasized the profound loss, stating, “This is truly a huge loss that a lot of people are going to feel, I hope we can all come together in support and celebration of Dexter’s life for his family.” He echoed authorities’ sentiments, expressing sorrow that Perkins’ “life was cut short in a senseless act of violence.”

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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