Homeless Man Brutally Beaten, Murdered in East Ukrainian Village

(Sun Times Wire) Twelve hours after a homeless man was beaten to death in East Ukrainian Village, blood was still on the sidewalk and mixed with water in a nearby pothole.

On Sunday afternoon, community activist Andrew Holmes was walking up and down a stretch North Ashland, passing out fliers and asking anyone with information about the victim or potential suspects to come forward. He was putting up $1,000 for any information that would lead to a prosecution.

“They tortured him,” Holmes said. “He was suffering enough, just by being homeless, but to have someone come and torture him and beat him [is] unacceptable in this city.”

The victim is still unidentified. For the last several months, he had slept in the doorway of a condo building being constructed in the 1100 block of North Ashland.

Officers found him with severe head trauma about 2 a.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police were treating his death as a homicide.

Chicago Police detectives were canvassing the area Sunday afternoon. Holmes pointed to several security cameras in the area that he hoped captured any suspects before, during and after the attack.

A piece of neon yellow paper taped to the building’s door read: “Homeless Lives Matter!!”

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