Two Familiar Faces Outside Detroit Tigers Games Killed In Hit-and-Run

Posted at 10:47 AM, Jul 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-28 10:57:12-04

DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) – They were well known to Detroit Tigers fans. Two men known as the “Eat ‘Em Up Tigers” guy and “Dreadlock Mike” were killed by a hit and run driver.

A memorial is growing at the corner of Gratiot and Russell where the two men were found in the street. They were hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver around 2:30am Saturday. The two men were colorful figures outside Comerica Park during Tigers games. Many fans stopped to talk with them or pose for pictures with the men.

So far, no arrests in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

A Facebook page called “Find the hit and run killer of two Detroit icons” had more than 12,900 fans as of Sunday morning. It reads: “On the morning of Friday, July 27, two iconic Detroit citizens were killed by a hit-and-run driver. If you have spent any time in Detroit, you most likely recognize these two victims: “Michael” – The man without feet, thick dreadlocks, and intense eyes who wheels around downtown, Eastern Market, and other areas. James Van Horn, aka “Eat ’em Up Tigers Guy” – The Comerica Park mainstay who has entertained baseball fans for years. Both were killed in one single incident last night, the driver took off like a coward.”