No Arrests in Death of Man Punched, Run Over

Marques Gaines was hit by car after being knocked into street
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2016 12:20 PM CST
No Arrests in Death of Man Punched, Run Over
File photo of a Chicago police car.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

In the overnight hours of Feb. 7, a man knocked Marques Gaines unconscious with a punch to the head. He fell into the street, where a second man took Gaines' cellphone and debit card. After the pair fled the scene, Gaines was struck and killed by a cab whose driver never saw him lying in front of Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub in Chicago. Some two weeks later, police have not made any arrests in the death of the 32-year-old, the Chicago Tribune reports. The medical examiner has put off classifying the death as a homicide or accident pending the investigation, which involves analysis of surveillance video. The cab driver remained at the scene and wasn't ticketed.

Gaines, who was from Georgia, had lived in Chicago for several years and worked as a bartender at the downtown Marriott Hotel at the time of his death. Friends remember the usually well-dressed Gaines as a positive force and balk at speculation that he had been involved in an argument with his assailants. "I've never even seen him exchange words with someone," one tells DNAinfo. "The maddest I've ever seen him was … when I didn't know all the words to 'Trap Queen.'" A funeral for Gaines is set for Saturday in Georgia. (More Chicago stories.)

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