*“I’m heartbroken, and I’m sad because I don’t have him with me no more,” said Masharah Tingling. “That was my last time seeing him, and I had to see him like that.”
Masharah, 15, tells CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot about the altercation that cost her father, Michael Tingling, his life.
Mr. Tingling had picked his daughter up from Chicago Math and Science Academy and was taking her to get a donut. Neither of them would have ever suspected that this would be the last father-daughter time they would spend together.
A boxer in his native Belize, it may seem ironic that Michael Tingling, 59, was killed by a punch in the chest. But he wore a pacemaker, and the punch was said to cause too much stress on his heart.
After he and Masharah left the donut shop, Joseph Firek, a man who has a history of psychiatric illness, brushed up against his daughter as they walked down the street.
“My dad put me behind him and told the man to go away,” Masharah said.
“He threw the first punch and hit my dad in the chest. You see, my dad has a pacemaker.”
Tingling walked nearly a block to an auto shop, and then collapsed.
“This man, he’s following us,” Masharah said. “He’s screaming racial slurs, calling us n—— and telling us to go back to Africa, that he’s going to burn our house down and stuff like that.”
Tingling died at a hospital.
Prosecutors say the altercation led to stress on Tingling’s heart, causing him to die.
“It doesn’t feel real,” said Masharah. “It really doesn’t.”
Her father always wanted to make sure she could get the education needed to make her dream become a reality.
The victim’s family has set up a fund at Bank of America. The Tingling Family Fund has been set up for funeral expenses and his daughter’s education. Go to any branch to make a donation in person.
This article first appeared at CBS Chicago.com