|Mike Beedle with his wife and youngest children. Beedle was murdered in River North last Friday. | GoFundMe|
Chicago police have identified the man who was stabbed to death near a River North nightlife district early last Friday. Miguel “Mike” Beedle of Park Ridge was a father of six and the CEO of Enterprise Scrum, a software company.
Beedle was stabbed in the neck in an alley off the 400 block of North State around 2:15 a.m. on March 23. He walked to the nearby corner of State and Hubbard where he collapsed and died minutes later.
|Beedle was stabbed while apparently cutting through the alley at right. He died near the intersection at top left.|
Police said today that they suspect 55-year-old Beedle was killed in a robbery attempt by a man who appeared to be homeless on surveillance images. A police spokesman said a specific person is being sought, but the suspect was not named and no photos of the suspect have been released.
A 911 caller reported seeing a man with a knife at State and Hubbard shortly before Beedle was stabbed, according to police dispatch records. No one was found.
And about 15 minutes after the stabbing, CTA workers at the nearby Grand Red Line station reported that a man with a large knife was threatening another passenger on the platform. The man was gone when police arrived. It was not known if either incident is connected to Beedle’s death.
The first block of West Hubbard where Beedle fell to the ground is lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants. A trail of blood led police to an alley at 444 North State where a crime scene was found, authorities said. Residents and people who work in the area’s many restaurants and bars report that the 400 block of State Street transforms into an unusually dark and seedy stretch of road at night.
Beedle’s children range in age from 18 months to 19 years, according to a GoFundMe page that has been established to support Beedle’s family. The campaign had raised $45,149 as of Thursday evening.