Chicago man beaten to death while putting up Christmas lights – as daughter watched

A family is in mourning and neighbors are in shock after police say a man putting up Christmas decorations in front of his Chicago home was beaten to death — while his daughter watched.

“He was hanging up the Christmas decorations with his family, and just out of the blue they come,” family friend and neighbor Silverio Nodal said of 49-year-old Jose Tellez, who died Saturday evening.

“We saw the ambulance at the end of the street, and I thought maybe one of the neighbors was sick,” Nodal told WLS-TV.

According to police, Tellez’s 14-year-old daughter was indoors at the time — but she saw what was happening.

“She looked out the window and observed two (men) approximately 20-30 years of age, (one) wearing a black sweater, and one wearing a gray sweater, beating her father with sticks,” read a Chicago Police Department report, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A supplemental police report noted that Tellez was “putting up Christmas lights when (two men) exited a red sedan and began striking (Tellez) in the face and head with a bat.”

An unnamed neighbors told the Chicago Sun-Times his daughter was quickly by his side.

“My dad, my dad, he’s hurt,” the neighbor recalled the daughter saying.

“I told her to get a blanket to put on his head. There was a lot of blood,” the neighbor added.

Tellez was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His “death was ruled a homicide, the result of multiple craniocerebral injuries, the primary cause assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office,” the Tribune reported.

Nodal described his friend as “a family man, a hard-working guy” who enjoyed gardening and landscaping.

According to a GoFundMe set up to cover funeral expenses and support Tellez’s family, he “leaves behind a wife and three children.”

“He was a loving husband, father, brother and son,” the GoFundMe said.

Police were still searching for the perpetrators of the crime as of Thursday.