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Happens in America too

Chicago men die after 'brutal beat-down'

CHICAGO (AP) Two men whose van jumped a curb and crashed into pedestrians died after an angry mob pulled them from the van and beat them with bricks, witnesses and police said.

Authorities had not yet established a cause of death for the men, Jack Moore, 62, and Anthony Stuckey, 49, both of Chicago. But witness Taquita Mixon said both collapsed to the ground when they were attacked after the crash Tuesday.

"They hit them with bricks that came off the side of the building," Mixon told the Chicago Tribune. "They didn't have a chance. It was a brutal beat-down."

Virginia Stuckey said her son was an unemployed day laborer and factory worker who had lived with her since January.

"I really can't believe that anyone would kill someone like that," said Stuckey, 72.

The three women who were hit remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, two of them in serious condition. At the scene on the city's South Side the van was gone and all that remained was police tape across bushes and trees in front of the building.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the rental van apparently lost control and crashed into people on a porch, Chicago Police Sgt. Robert Cargie said.

The occupants of the vehicle were then "attacked by a group in the area," he said.

Police said Moore and Stuckey lived near where the accident happened. It was not clear who was driving; the investigation was continuing.

Virginia Stuckey said her son was helping Moore move some items from an apartment. Stuckey said her son could not have been driving the van because he did not have a driver's license.

Mixon told the Tribune she was at the window of her apartment across the street when she saw the van swerve toward the house and strike three women.

"It all happened so fast, it seemed like he floored it or something," Mixon said.

She told the Tribune she called 911 and returned to see a crowd around the van, some of them helping the women. Mixon said she saw five or six men pull the driver and passenger out of the van and then punch, kick and beat them.

"I'm still in shock," said Kathryn Cooper, 56, Moore's cousin. "They should have known it was an accident. Why just take people and beat them?"

Stuckey died at Cook County Hospital and Moore died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Autopsies were planned.

Virginia Stuckey said doctors told her son died from blunt trauma.

"I hope they send them to prison ... they didn't have to do that," she said.

The Rev. Bamani Obadele, who lives nearby, said people in the community don't support that kind of street vigilantism.

"It was dead wrong," he said.

Chicago police spokesman Officer Thomas Donegan said he is not sure about the number of people involved with the beating. No one had been charged as of Wednesday morning, he said, because detectives were still piecing together what happened.

"It will be a while before there will be charges," Donegan said.

A 17-year-old girl who was struck was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning at Northwestern, a hospital official said.

The two other people hit were at Mount Sinai Hospital, one in serious condition and the other in fair condition, a hospital official said. Mario Lawrence said the two at Mount Sinai were his 18-year-old sister, Jenny Lawrence, and their cousin, Shani Lawrence, 26.

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