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Man charged with murder, hate crime in death of Rogers Park man

Joseph Firek / phofrom Chicago police

Joseph Firek / photo from Chicago police

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Updated: March 21, 2014 9:08AM

A man was charged with murder and a hate crime in connection with the death of another man after a fight turned deadly Wednesday afternoon in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.

Joseph Firek, 59, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and a hate crime for allegedly battering 59-year-old Michael Tingling in the 7100 block of North Clark Street Wednesday afternoon. The stress from the fight led to Tingling’s eventual death, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

About 2 p.m., Firek and Tingling got into an argument after Firek “made inappropriate gestures” to Tingling’s teenage daughter, police said.

Firek, of the 7000 block of North Clark Street, then allegedly shoved Tingling and punched him in the chest. As Firek hit Tingling, he continuously made racial epithets, according to a statement from police. Tingling and his daughter ran into a nearby business, where he collapsed, police said.

He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston where he was pronounced dead at 2:46 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.An autopsy Thursday found Tingling died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, with stress from the altercation listed as a secondary factor, according to the medical examiner’s office. The death was ruled a homicide.

Firek is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday.


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