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Peace Activists Clash With Anti-War Protesters: 3 Killed, 16 Injured

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CHICAGO — What started as yet another episode of handicapped parking spot rage turned into a violent clash, as anti-war demonstrators found themselves in a deadly confrontation with peace activists on Monday. Three people were killed and 16 were sent to the hospital, two still in critical condition.

The names of the dead have not been released, pending family notification. Area care facilities reported injuries ranging from cuts and fractures to massive internal and head trauma. The run-in turned violent so quickly that witnesses described an “instant hurricane of bloodshed,” and like that, it was over.

The incident ignited when Edward Lee Frances III, 33, of Madison, Wisc., returned to his 2009 Lexus LS 600h L, parked on 3100 North Clark Street and covered with parking tickets. Violations included parking in a handicapped zone. A tow truck was at the scene.

Frances, in Chicago for the April 17-18 World Peace Project, voiced concern and displeasure to the driver of the tow truck, stating he was strongly in favor of not having his vehicle towed.

Friends of Frances, Martin Worrell and Gary Vasquez, were both released on bond last Wednesday stemming from their alleged involvement in the alleged firebombing of an alleged Verizon Wireless location in Lakeview on the final day of the WPP. While all three attended the conference, Frances was not listed as being involved with any of last weekend’s 152 arrests.


At roughly 12:40pm, Walter and Helen Lovullo pulled aside Lindeman’s vehicle and, thinking he might be exiting, asked him if the parking spot would be available.

Lindeman insisted to the Lovullos he was not moving, forcing the handicapped Forest Glen retirees to park blocks away.

It was a series of events that likely saved their lives.

An eyewitness reportedly heard Lindeman tell the Lovullos they could “suck his ass,” leading them to seek parking elsewhere. “But I don’t think you can print that, can you?” When the eyewitness was told his interview was for internet publication, he opened up. When told this policy was within reason, he chose his words more carefully while offering clarity on the exchange. “Kiss my ass makes sense. Lick my ass too but suck it? I don’t get what he meant by that,” he said. “Whup your ass, watch your ass, get some ass, up your ass — I get all those. I just don’t see how sucking ass benefits either party. That’s whack.”

Further pondering, he added, “like a hickey or something? If you suck the skin, you leave a mark, it’s a hickey, that’s what you get. It was weird. Maybe I heard him wrong, he was pissed — but then he went after the tow truck guy twice as hard and things started flying real fast when the protesters came around the corner,” referring to the group of roughly 50 students who had been demonstrating against the war in Afghanistan in front of a nearby Boston Market.

Authorities say the students approached Lindeman — who was at this point behaving, as one eyewitness described, “ferociously unhinged” — just as he and Vasquez were tossing the tow truck driver through the window of Starbucks Coffee at 3184 North Clark Street. This act enraged the demonstrators, armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails, reportedly intending to destroy that same window.

“This meant we had to find another Starbucks,” said Jeff Mingori, one of the leaders of the protest. “We scoped out this particular location for a few hours and this guy smashes the window not even caring about the war?” Mingori’s sister Carly added, “we didn’t know this guy’s anti-corporate agenda but whatever it was, that was our window. Then we find out he’s parking in a handicapped spot and everyone sort of lost it.”

Roughly 10 minutes after they had left the scene originally, the Lovullos returned to discover, as Walter put it, “carnage I haven’t seen since Korea. I made Helen look away and call 9-1-1. The blood was unimaginable.” Said Helen, “Walter just wanted a decaf mochaccino. I don’t think either of us expected to find this but we should have had an idea when the guy told us to suck his ass.”

“What the hell does that mean?” Walter asked. “What’s it? Like a hickey?”

“Yes,” said Helen. “Exactly like a hickey.”

Chicago Police has scheduled an 11 am news conference today to announce arrests, if any, and the names of the victims.

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