The homeless US Marine veteran who died a brutal death by train strike in Chicago last week was shoved onto the tracks by two men, according to Cook County prosecutors.
29-year-old Mamadou Balde, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the incident, could be seen putting his fists to his chin and speaking with two young men at the Jackson Station train platform where his life would come to an end.
In response to Balde’s actions, one of the men struck Balde, with his friend, Ryan Munn, following up the strike with a few hits of his own.
The two young men ultimately knocked Balde onto the tracks, resulting in a slow-moving train dragging him to a tunnel where he struck a metal partition.
Balde, who served two tours in Afghanistan with the USMC, died an unexpected death.
Munn fled the scene but was later captured. The 18-year-old faces first-degree murder charges. His friend remains at large.
Munn, who lacks a serious criminal background, claims he was simply trying to protect his friend but was only trying to knock Balde to the ground.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Balde’s father, Al Balde, expressed sympathy for Munn.
“My heart goes to the family of this young man,” Balde said. “He’s 18. Being the father of four, I can know how they are feeling.”
That said, the father condemned the violent action and hopes his son -who had “personal struggles” after leaving the military- gets justice.
“(My son) went to fight for this country. Four years of his life. He did everything. He came here. He died homeless and penniless after all he had done for the country. So I hope at least at the end he would receive justice.”
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