CHICAGO (CBS) — Joey Mathews can still name all five men convicted of killing his father, Chicago Police Officer John Mathews, in Hegewisch 26 years ago, and he’s furious one of them has been coaching youth baseball in the same neighborhood, years after finishing his prison sentence.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports Joey Mathews was 4 years old when his father was beaten to death by a group of young men near Wolf Lake on the night of May 21, 1988.
“My dad never had a chance to coach me. I don’t have a single memory of my dad,” he said.
One of the five men convicted of the crime, Dean Chavez, served 11 years in prison for second-degree murder. In recent years, he has been coaching in the Hegewisch Babe Ruth Baseball program. Earlier this season, he was removed by the national president of the Babe Ruth League, at the request of Mathews’ family.
“He may have served his time in prison. I know my family will forever. Until the day I’m dead, I’ll be serving my time. That’s not some sort of a grudge against him. The fact of the matter is he beat my dad to death with baseball bats, and he’s trying to coach kids to play baseball. I think it’s pretty audacious,” Joey Mathews said.