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Mob Kills 2 After Van Jumps Curb

July 31, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ An angry mob pulled two men from a van and beat them to death after the van jumped a curb and crashed into three pedestrians on a porch outside a city home, witnesses and police said.

Witness Taquita Mixon said the crowd beat the van driver and passenger with bricks from the side of a nearby building after the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday crash.

``They didn’t have a chance. It was a brutal beat-down,″ Mixon said. ``They just went down.″

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the two dead as Jack Moore, 62, and Anthony Stuckey, 50, both of Chicago. It’s not clear who was driving.

The rental van hit three women when it lost control and smashed into the porch, Chicago Police Sgt. Robert Cargie said. The three were in area hospitals Wednesday morning. Two were listed in serious condition; the third was in fair condition.

Mixon said she was at the window of her apartment across the street when she saw the van swerve toward the house.

``It all happened so fast, it seemed like he floored it or something,″ Mixon said.

She said she called 911 and returned to see a crowd around the van, some of them helping the women. She then saw five or six men pull the driver and passenger out of the van and punch, kick and beat them with bricks.

Police confirmed that the two men were attacked by a group in the area of the crash.

Stuckey died at Cook County Hospital and Moore died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Autopsies for both were scheduled for Wednesday.

Police were still investigating the incident Wednesday morning.

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