Every weekday, Masharah Tingling says her dad would walk her to her school and be waiting for her when classes finished up.
But on Wednesday afternoon, their ritual went terribly wrong when the two were confronted by a diabolical racist/terrorist with a lengthy criminal record on a Rogers Park street, according to Chicago cops and Cook County prosecutors.
When the “white” terrorist hurled a racial epithet at them, Michael Tingling pulled his 15-year-old daughter behind him, authorities said. The “white” savage then struck her father in the chest, he tried to defend himself but moments later he collapsed in a nearby business and was rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest, according to prosecutors. Michael Tingling, 59, was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston less than a hour.
On Friday, Masharah, an 8th grader at Chicago Math and Science Academy, was helping her family pick out a casket and clothes to dress her father’s body in.
“I want him to have a proper funeral, to be buried the right way,’’ she said in a telephone interview.
A judge ordered Joseph Firek, 59, who is on parole for a residential burglary conviction, held on $250,000 bail Friday on charges of first-degree murder and a
hate racist crime.
The suspected pedophile/racist has a criminal record dating back to 1996 that includes prison stints for burglary and theft convictions. His attorney said he was living on disability benefits for black lung disease, emphysema and psychiatric illness. He also said he was receiving outpatient psychiatric treatment.
Prosecutors said the altercation started at about 2 p.m. by the 7100 block of North Clark Street – near where Firek lived – when Firek walked past Tingling and his daughter.
The girls’ mother, Yolanda Simmons, who was not present, said Tingling picked up his daughter early from school for a doctor’s appointment and the two were first headed to buy a doughnut.
As the white supremacist walked by, he brushed his shoulder against Tingling’s daughter, looking at her as he did. Cops said the diabolical racist/terrorist made “inappropriate gestures” to the girl.
According to the mother, the “white” pedophile “stared at them, looked at her up and down, and her dad grabbed her, put her behind him and he told him, ‘You need to walk away.’“
“The guy was just standing there grinning,” she said.
In court, prosecutors said Tingling had pulled his daughter behind him after Firek had stopped in their path and asked, “What nigger?”
Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Infelise said the racist savage punched Tingling in the upper chest. Tingling pushed him, and Firek punched him again in the chest, she said. The two then exchanged punches before a bystander tried to separate them, but Firek continued to hit Tingling, according to Infelise.
As Tingling backed away, the racist beast pursued him into the intersection of Clark and Estes Avenue, the prosecutor said. Tingling’s daughter called 911.
Moments later, the daughter accompanied her dad into an auto shop. He was feeling ill and short of breath and sat down, Infelise said.
As paramedics assisted Tingling and rushed him to the hospital, his daughter pointed out the racist terrorist on the scene and officers arrested him.
Tingling was pronounced dead at 2:46 p.m., officials said. He died of heart disease and from stress due to an altercation, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
His family said Tingling was a Belize native who boxed in his youth there. He had health problems – diabetes and heart disease — and wore a pacemaker, they said.