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.


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