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    MI - James Van Horn, 66, & Michael Alston, 55, die in Detroit hit & run, 27 July 2013

    Very Sad!!!! Seems to be so many Hit and Runs Lately

    RIP

    James Van Horn aka "Eat 'em Up Tigers Guy"
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    "Michael"

    There is also a FB Page set up in hopes of collecting tips that can be found here:

    Find the Hit and Run Killer of Two Detroit Icons

    https://www.facebook.com/eatemuptige...ation=timeline


    Two town favorites killed in a hit and run accident

    Two men killed thought to be town favorites 'Eat Em Up Tigers' man, and 'Dread lock Mike'

    Author: Ashley Zakar, Assignment Editor
    Published On: Jul 27 2013 09:19:09 AM EDT Updated On: Jul 27 2013 09:33:21 AM EDT

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/t...t/-/index.html

    Detroit -
    "Detroit police tell Local 4 two men were hit and killed on Gratiot near Russell road at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
    The two men killed are thought to be town favorites 'Eat Em Up Tigers' man, and 'Dreadlock Mike'.
    Police say the two were crossing the road when they were struck by a small black vehicle that was seen leaving the scene."




    Above: James Van Horn aka "Eat 'em Up Tigers Guy" - The Comerica Park mainstay who has entertained baseball fans for years.




    Above: - "Michael" - The man without feet, thick dreadlocks, and intense eyes who wheels around downtown, Eastern Market, and other areas.

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    "Eat 'em Up Tigers Guy" - The Comerica Park

    You Tube


    http://youtu.be/lHHzllakv7M

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    http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/...in-hit-and-run

    "Witnesses tell 7 Action News they heard a crash at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning in the area of Gratiot and Russell, about a mile from Comerica Park. They say it appears Van Horn was pushing Dreadlock Mike down the street when they were hit by a vehicle that left the scene. When witnesses got to the scene, they saw the two men laying in the street at the intersection. They say they were able to identify Van Horn by his distinctive 'Hulk hand' that was lying in the street.

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    Witnesses say Dreadlock Mike's wheelchair was near the men and that it was hit by a second vehicle, which also left the scene."

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    What is wrong with people?!? Two different vehicles left the scene never calling to get them any help...... So Sad!

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    Here is a nice article from Fox Sports Detroit..



    Fox Sports Detroit-Detroit mourns loss of local legends

    DAVE HOGG |
    Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7:10pm




    "There was something missing on my drive to Comerica Park today.


    .....

    He wasn't there when I arrived at Saturday's game. Instead, there was a small floral arrangement and a t-shirt reading simply "Eat Em Up".



    Friday night, about five hours after the end of the Tigers-Phillies game, Van Horn, 65, was pushing the wheelchair of another Comerica Park regular, a homeless man with no feet known as "Dreadlock Mike." Both men were struck and killed by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to witnesses. Another vehicle hit Mike's wheelchair and drove away.

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    Mother Nature added a tribute of her own, as a bright rainbow broke out over the Comerica Park scoreboard during the storm that delayed the start of the game.



    ** Popular local t-shirt company Down With Detroit Apparel announced that they would be selling a special design with proceeds going to funeral expenses and homeless charities. **


    http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/stor...87&feedID=3701

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    So so so sad when a man in a wheelchair and a friend assisting him are hit and killed.

    So so so soulless when a driver can leave them after causing them injury then loss of life.

    May they rest in peace. May justice be swift. Prayers for all that loved them.

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    Funeral set for 'Eat 'Em Up, Tigers' guy, as police look for Dodge Avenger








    6:57 PM, July 29, 2013

    http://www.freep.com/article/20130729/NEWS01/307290096/Tigers-fan-hit-and-run-death


    "The funeral for the “Eat ’Em Up, Tigers” guy, James Van Horn, has been set for Friday, and his daughter says she’s amazed at the public outpouring of support after her father and another downtown staple, Dreadlock Mike, were killed by a hit-and-run driver.

    The two men died after they were hit by a car near the intersection of Gratiot and Russell around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators were still searching for the driver, Detroit Police spokewoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said today.
    Police said they are looking for a dark-colored Dodge Avenger, with damage to its front end. Police also said the vehicle may have had an out-of-state license plate.
    The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday the men have been identified as James Van Horn, 66, and Michael Alston, 55, known on the street as Dreadlock Mike."

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    The funeral for Van Horn will be at 11 a.m. Friday with a family hour beginning at 10 a.m. at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 6330 Pembroke in Detroit, according to his daughter. Visitation will be Wednesday from a currently undetermined time through 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the C.W. Morris-J.W. Henry Funeral Home, 12700 Hamilton Ave., in Highland Park.

    Services for Dreadlock Mike were still pending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fhc View Post
    So so so sad when a man in a wheelchair and a friend assisting him are hit and killed.

    So so so soulless when a driver can leave them after causing them injury then loss of life.

    May they rest in peace. May justice be swift. Prayers for all that loved them.
    Sickening!!! Personally, if I was ever in that situation I think I would be too much in shock to drive off and IF I did for whatever mental reason, I would most definitely turn myself in after. Very sad.

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    July 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    Funeral set for 'Eat 'Em Up Tigers Man' as police search for vehicles



    • Serena Maria Daniels
    • The Detroit News

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...earch-vehicles

    A public viewing will be held 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at C.W. Morris Funeral Home at 12700 Hamilton Ave. in Highland Park. A viewing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday but a time has not been confirmed.
    The body of Michael Alston, known as “Dreadlock Mike,” who was also killed when he was struck, has not been claimed.

    The two, who could commonly be seen rallying the crowds outside of Comerica Park, were killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday while crossing Gratiot at Russell near Eastern Market.

    Meanwhile, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicles believed to have been involved in the fatal collision — a dark-colored Dodge Avenger, possibly with a New Jersey license plate and front-end damage and a second car, a full-sized Cadillac sedan, said Detroit Police Officer Scott Sheets with the homicide unit’s fatal squad.



    BBM

    How very sad that Michael has not been claimed by family

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guinevere View Post
    July 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    Funeral set for 'Eat 'Em Up Tigers Man' as police search for vehicles



    • Serena Maria Daniels
    • The Detroit News

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...earch-vehicles

    A public viewing will be held 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at C.W. Morris Funeral Home at 12700 Hamilton Ave. in Highland Park. A viewing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday but a time has not been confirmed.
    The body of Michael Alston, known as “Dreadlock Mike,” who was also killed when he was struck, has not been claimed.

    The two, who could commonly be seen rallying the crowds outside of Comerica Park, were killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday while crossing Gratiot at Russell near Eastern Market.

    Meanwhile, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicles believed to have been involved in the fatal collision — a dark-colored Dodge Avenger, possibly with a New Jersey license plate and front-end damage and a second car, a full-sized Cadillac sedan, said Detroit Police Officer Scott Sheets with the homicide unit’s fatal squad.



    BBM

    How very sad that Michael has not been claimed by family

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    So what happens if he isn't claimed?

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    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in..._river_default

    No funeral arrangements had been concluded for Alston as of late-Monday. He had a legal guardian, who identified him for the coroner, but the Wayne County Medical Examiner was awaiting a clearance letter from the Probate Court prior to releasing the body, according to Wayne County spokeswoman Mary Mazur.
    Also a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/eatemuptigers


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    lost the FB link in the OP

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    Still looking for a Black Avenger as the primary vehicle in the hit and run...

    HBM & BBM

    Cadillac impounded after deaths of men well-known to Tigers fans

    Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22...#ixzz2aZfgaWUw

    DETROIT (WJBK) -
    Police said a white Cadillac may have been the second car involved in the hit-and-run crash that killed the "Eat 'Em Up Tigers" guy and "Dreadlock Mike". Late Tuesday afternoon, that vehicle may have been found.

    James Van Horn and Michael Alston were colorful figures outside Comerica Park during Tigers games. They were found in the street near Gratiot and Russell early Saturday morning.

    Detroit Police have impounded what they believe is one of the cars they are looking for.
    A black Dodge Avenger with New Jersey license plates and damage to the front end has yet to be found.



    Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22...#ixzz2aZfsqIiv

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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousGrace View Post
    So what happens if he isn't claimed?
    Hopefully the Legal Guardian mentioned the article below will claim him.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in..._river_default


    It seems funeral arrangements may be taken car of from donations and T-Shirt sales as is posted on the FB page. So that might not be too much of an issue.

    https://www.facebook.com/eatemuptigers


    If for some reason a relative does not claim him I imagine he may be cremated?

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    from the FB page:
    Michael Alston's funeral is scheduled for Saturday August 3rd at 11:00am at the Cantrell Funeral Home, with a family and friends gathering beginning at 10am. There will be a viewing the day before on Friday August 2nd from 1pm until 7pm.

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    im pretty sure he was used in an eminem video im trying to watch em all to find it

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