A loving father was killed for defending the honor of his young teenage daughter. Michael Tingling, a dedicated father to his 15-year-old daughter, Masharah, was walking her home from school as he usually did when a creep on probation, Joseph Firek, allegedly brushed up against Masharah and leered at her. When Tingling, once a former boxer but now in ill-health, put his daughter behind his back and told the man to go away, Firek allegedly attacked him.
According to Masharah, her dad was only trying to do the right thing -- get her away from this despicable stranger. She told WLS:
[Firek] was staring at me up and down, eyeballing me and everything ... and then my dad, being a father, he got protective and put me behind him ... he told the guy to go away.
Firek then allegedly got irate and began punching the father and calling him racial slurs. The dad was able to get away and ran into a nearby store for help, with Masharah following. There, the father, who suffered from diabetes and a heart condition, collapsed. Firek allegedly had the nerve to follow them into the store and told the girl to "calm down" and said he hoped he "didn't kill" the dad.
Tragically, he did.
The death was ruled a homicide. Firek, who has a long rap sheet, has been charged with first degree murder and a hate crime.
In a world where so many dads aren't involved in their daughters' lives -- especially their teen daughters -- here we had a dad who was. Who regularly walked his daughter home from school, probably to protect her. And who, when he saw danger, was ready to step in. Masharah was very, very lucky to have him. She called him her "hero" and "guardian angel" and "best friend."
It's no wonder that Masharah is absolutely devastated, crying:
I want my dad back ... I really want my daddy ... Who is going to be at home with me when my mom's at work?
Truly heartbreaking. Masharah's entire world has changed and she now has to grow up without her biggest supporter and protector.
Are there any words you'd like to say to the daughter?
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