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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:58

Tigers fans help after hit-run deaths of 2 men

DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of dollars have been raised for funerals for two men who were well-known outside Comerica Park during Detroit Tigers games. Police believe James Van Horn and Michael Alston were killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday. The 66-year-old Van Horn would chant "Eat 'em up, Tigers" and collect spare change from baseball fans. The 55-year-old Alston was known as "Dreadlock Mike" because of his hair. He moved around downtown in a wheelchair. Paulette Van Horn-Shreve tells the Detroit Free Press that the public's reaction to her father's death is a "true blessing." A shop has raised about $6,000 through the sale of a special shirt that says "Eat 'Em Up Forever." Other efforts have raised thousands more.