TINGLINGA man who left his country of birth, Belize, at the age of 15 died in Chicago in the U.S after he was beaten in the presence of his daughter.


The Chicago Tribune reports that Michael Tingling and his 15 year old daughter Masharah were out on one of their regular afternoons on Wednesday they were approached 59 year old Joseph Firek who "made inappropriate gestures" to the Masharah.


As a result the men got into an argument and Tingling, an ex-boxer, who has a pacemaker, was punched in the chest and collapsed in front of his daughter. He died an hour later at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. According to the Cook County medical examiner's office, Tingling died of heart disease and from stress due to an altercation.

As a result police arrested Firek and charged him with first-degree murder and a hate crime since reports are that Firek kept making racial comments while attacking Tingling.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Firek has a criminal record dating back to 1996, when he was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to four years in prison. His other convictions include retail theft / shoplifting in 2003 and 2004, and another residential burglary in 2009, when he was sentenced to six years in prison.

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