A retired Belizean boxer well-liked in his North Side Chicago neighborhood was killed Wednesday while protecting his teen daughter — his only child — during an alleged hate crime.
Michael Tingling, 59, was walking with his 15-year-old daughter, Masharah, in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood around 2 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed 59-year-old Joseph Firek eyeing the teen girl and making “inappropriate gestures,” DNAinfo Chicago reports.
As Firek approached Masharah, Tingling intervened and the two men began arguing.Firek punched Tingling, who wears a pacemaker, in the chest while making racial epithets, police said according to the Sun-Times.Firek reportedly followed the Tinglings into the alley where Masharah said he called her and her father “n—–s” and told them to “go back to Africa,” according to DNAinfo. After the elder Tingling started having trouble breathing, Masharah said Firek soon started repeating: “I hope he’s OK. I hope I didn’t kill him.”
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