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District 50 janitor dies on way to work

Updated: March 12, 2012 8:05AM

GAGES LAKE — The Woodland School District 50 community will be mourning the loss of a well-liked janitor at the elementary school after he died of a heart attack on his way to work Friday morning.

Jose Martinez, 55, of the 700 block of Montclair Drive, Round Lake, was found unresponsive inside his vehicle around 5 a.m. in the 33000 block of Mill Road in unincorporated Gages Lake.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said a man living in that area of Old Mill Road got up Friday morning and found the vehicle in his yard resting against a small brick decorative wall. There was little damage to the vehicle or the wall.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said Martinez was on his way to work at the elementary school in Woodland district. “He apparently was very well liked and they will have counselors available when they notify the students,” he said.

An autopsy revealed Martinez had a heart attack.

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