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updated: 3/21/2014 8:57 AM

Man charged with hate crime in Chicago death

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Chicago police say a man who died after defending his teenage daughter in a confrontation with another man was the victim of a hate crime.

Michael Tingling argued with the man after he made inappropriate gestures toward Tingling's daughter on Wednesday in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood.

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Police say the alleged assailant, 59-year-old Joseph Firek, then shoved and punched Tingling while making racist comments. The victim and his daughter fled to a business, where the 59-year-old Tingling collapsed.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital. An autopsy found he died of heart disease with stress from the fight being a factor. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide.

Firek was charged with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime. He is to appear in bond court Friday.

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