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Bystanders Loot, Walk By Lifeless Man In Street (Video)

| by Zara Zhi
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Security video has emerged that shows a hotel cocktail server beaten unconscious in Chicago, outside a convenience store, and then run over by a taxi (video below)

The surveillance video was released on April 20 and captures more than a dozen bystanders doing nothing to help before a cab, driven by Medhi Seyftolooi, accidentally ran over the victim.

Marques Gaines, 32, later died at an area hospital. The incident happened about 4:20 a.m. Feb. 7 outside a 7-Eleven store in Chicago.

The Gaines family and its attorneys announced a lawsuit against the convenience store chain at a press conference on April 21. The news conference was held outside the 7-Eleven where Gaines was killed, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Attorney Chris Hurley called for more police action in finding the suspect who attacked Gianes.

"There's a clear photograph of the aggressor and a clear video of him attacking Marques Gaines," Hurley said. "He hasn't been arrested, and we don't know why."

When Gaines’ cousin, Drexina Nelson, watched the recording with her mother, Phyllis, they were shocked, reports Chicago Tribune. Drexina Nelson and her mother had raised Gaines after his parents died.

"It was gut-wrenching," Nelson said. "We had heard over the course of these past few three months what happened, but to actually see it with our own eyes was devastating."

The family’s lawyers released grainy video from a Chicago police pod camera that captures Gaines falling to the ground after a heavier man, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants and white sneakers, knocked him out with a single right-handed punch.

Gaines, who had just purchased chips at the convenience store, could be seen running away from his attacker before he was hit.

Within seconds of Gaines landing unconscious on the crosswalk, half a dozen people gathered around him to loot his lifeless body. Gaines’ cellphone and debit card were stolen.

But the most disturbing part of the video were the bystanders who walked past Gaines as he lay helpless in the crosswalk. Pedestrians walked by him without even attempting to pull him out of the street or block traffic. The video has since been posted on YouTube.

"All they had to do was wave down cars and stand in front of him to keep him safe," Hurley said. "Or maybe [make] some effort to help him off the pavement. But just to stand there and watch him get run over? Their customer? It's not acceptable."

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Sources: Chicago Tribune, YouTube / Photo credit: Ryan Cosens via Chicago Tribune

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