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Homeless man beaten to death in Logan Square

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Authorities investigate after a homeless man was fatally beaten in Logan Square on Saturday night. (Network Video Productions) Authorities investigate after a homeless man was fatally beaten in Logan Square on Saturday night. (Network Video Productions)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Police are investigating the murder of a homeless man who was beaten to death Saturday night in an alley in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Two males got out of a black four-door Nissan in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway at 10:50 p.m. and repeatedly punched and kicked the man in an alley, according to police. The males drove off northbound through the alley after the attack.

Ernesto Garcia, 57, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Police said the man was 57.

An autopsy Sunday found he died of blunt force trauma and ruled his death a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

A police source said the man was homeless.

Meanwhile, neighbors like Milagro Fontanez fear for their safety.

"I live right here and it's a shame what I heard about that person that got beat up in the back," Fontanez said. "It felt real bad because I live right here and I'm scared because I have family and sometimes I walk through the alley and my friends."

Sunday, a community activist went door to door handing out flyers to inform the community about the crime. He also asked anyone with information to speak up and call police.

Rudolfo Benitez is also homeless, but stays in the area.

He says he was hit in the head by someone wearing brass knuckles and he hopes the suspects get caught.

"I feel sorry for him. I don't want that to happen to me because I'm homeless and at night time I go get some cans at night and I go at about 10:00 p.m. and they tell me that happened at about 10:30 p.m.," Benitez said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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