Generous fundraisers are set to pay for the funeral of two homeless men who were killed in the same accident.
Dreadlock Mike and James “Eat ’em up Tigers” Van Horn, two infamous supporters of the Detroit Tigers, died at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, as they crossed a road in Detroit. Police have reported that they are searching for a black vehicle that did not stop after the incident.
The pair are currently being referred to as John Does, according to Sergeant Eren Stephens, however others have identified them as Van Horn and “Dreadlock Mike.”
Detroit Tigers fans adored Van Horn, who was a panhandler, as before their games at Comerica Park he would chant to the ensuing masses, “Eat ’em up Tigers, eat ’em up.” As he chanted, he would shake a cup full of change.
“Dreadlock Mike,” who was a known friend of Van Horn, lost parts of legs and used a wheelchair, was mainly situated near Interstate 75.
To help raise money for their funerals, Terry Londy, who works for the nonprofit organization, Always A Shoulder, has been selling T-shirts that has “Eat em up,” written across them. Londy has remarked that he sold 14 shirts on Saturday, but he has taken more orders for the garments.
A YouCaring.com page has also been set up by Corey Haskins. He is looking to raise $5,000 for the pair’s funerals, and he has so far reached $1,805 of his target.
Discussing why he is looking to raise the money, Haskins, who is 27-years-old and lives in Toldeo, stated, “I just know him from going by him and talking to him.”
He is hoping to get some of his 5,000 Twitter followers to donate money, adding, “I think it would be cool if they had duel funerals. I just wants to make sure it goes [towards the funeral.]”