CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago cab driver died Tuesday evening, two days after he was beaten in a fight while driving his taxi in the West Loop Gate neighborhood.
Around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, 64-year-old Anis Tunkegar and a 30-year-old man began arguing near Jefferson Street and Washington Boulevard.
It’s not clear what started the dispute, but it quickly got out of control.
Tunkegar was beaten so severely, he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead Tuesday at about 5:45 p.m.
Detectives have questioned the 30-year-old man involved in the fight, but so far he has not been charged.
Tunkegar’s son was in New York when his father was beaten, and he flew to Chicago to see his dad as he fought for his life in the hospital. He said his father’s face was almost unrecognizable due to his injuries.
“My father died a violent death. No one deserves to be beaten to death, and leaving behind children and a wife with all these questions is unspeakable ,” Omar Tunkegar said.
Anis Tunkegar would wake up at 4 a.m. every day to work so he could provide for his wife and family.
“I think that people should that my father is a person who made many sacrifices for the people that he cared about, for his kids, trying to make sure that we had good education, could do more than what he was able to achieve driving a cab in Chicago,” his son said.
Omar said he wants anyone who might have witnessed the beating to call police.
“If anyone has information that can help us piece together what happened, it goes a long way to bringing some peace to our minds,” he said.