Former boxer dies after street fight

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A Rogers Park man has been charged with murder and hate crimes after allegedly punching and killing a man during a fight.

Michael Tingling, 59, died Wednesday afternoon after he tried to protect his teenaged daughter.

Police say Joseph Firek, 59, made obscene gestures towards the 15-year-old girl as she and her father, Tingling, left her school in the 72000 block of N. Clark Street.

Tingling stepped in to protect his daughter and Firek allegedly shoved him and then punched him in the chest and made racial comments.

Tingling and his daughter fled and walked into a nearby business, where the former boxer from Belize collapsed and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Tingling died a short time later.

An autopsy conducted Thursday on Tingling’s body determined that he died of heart disease and a secondary cause of death was stress due to an altercation and his death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Tingling’s relatives say he wore a pacemaker and had diabetes.

Firek is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.


  • mbarney

    The man has died literally fighting for his life. There are too many young boys who are shooting each other on these streets every day in this city.

  • mary

    Joseph was mentally ill but he was a nice person.He was always clening the allies of rogers park sad to hear this.

  • Lisa

    He love kids all right,mentally illness does not give you the right to make sexual comments to a child or attack a father for coming to his daughters defense,you don't aiways know people as well as you think you do Mary!!!

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