Rogers Park peacemaker beaten and hospitalized

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A man known and loved around Rogers Park breaks up a bar fight between three men. Two of them use a baseball bat to send him to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition. The good news: Michael Davis is improving after surgery tonight.

“He’s the life of the party,” said Alicia Webb, Davis’ niece. “It’s hard to see someone like that in this condition.”

All friends and family have right now are questions. The biggest: “Why would somebody do something so horrible to the guy everybody knows and likes?”

Said his friend Dustin Lynn, “Whenever I see him, he’s always smiling. (He’s) always a nice guy.”

By reputation, 44-year-old Michael Davis is one of the good guys; a peacemaker. It’s what got him into this. When three men started to fight Sunday night at this Rogers Park bar, he got between them and told them that this wasn’t the way to settle things. But that wasn’t the end of it. Two of them were waiting outside when Davis walked home. They mercilessly beat him with a baseball bat­, knocking out teeth in the process, and apparently took a knife to his face. It happened in a quiet neighborhood that by day is filled with parents and toddlers.”

Proof of how much his friends and neighbors care is all over the web with fundraising pages for Michael’s medical bills and recovery, which is expected to be extensive. The support does a lot to ease the family’s pain. A couple of arrests wouldn’t hurt either.

Said Webb, “As a family, we’re devastated. To wait for somebody, to target them, to go and get a weapon…there’s some very serious malice there.”

Not a lot of information from police at this point about who it is they’re looking for. No suspect descriptions yet, just an ongoing area north investigation. You can help donate at this link:

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