A homeless man in Chicago was beaten to death on the city’s Northwest Side Saturday night, police said.
The man was in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood when two men exited a vehicle and began beating him, police said.
The men beat the victim’s head and body with their hands and feet, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.
The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 57-year-old Ernesto Garcia.
Police said the man appeared to be homeless.
"Regardless of whether he was homeless or not he's still human," said community activist Andrew Holmes. "A lot of these assaults that been taking place beating the homeless go unreported and the reason they go unreported is because they figure nobody cares, but we care, I care and we're just trying to find the individuals that beat this guy to death."
Holmes was patrolling the area Sunday afternoon hoping to find witnesses or see if surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the suspects.
"Each and every day someone is always picking on the homeless," Holmes said. "If they try to defend themselves they get jumped on, they get beat, they get assaulted... it shouldn't have gone this far."
Area residents say the attack was surprising for the community.
"It was so close to home," said Enrique Ruiz. "I thought nothing like this would happen around here."
Many in the area said Garcia frequently slept in the alley and was friendly those who lived nearby.
"People around here liked him," said resident George Bermudez. "He was really nice. I was shocked. I just said hi to him in the a.m., I didn't know someone I knew was going to die."