CANARYVILLE — A neighborhood man attacked and stabbed near his home a month ago has died.
Joe Locasto died Monday night at Stroger Hospital, according to family. He was 63.
On Oct. 16, Locasto was walking in the 600 block of West 43rd Street at 4:15 a.m. when another man got out of a gray station wagon and tried to rob him, Chicago Police said.
The two began fighting, and the robber pushed Locasto to the ground before stabbing him. He was stabbed three times in his right side and once in his upper right arm, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
After being stabbed, Locasto noticed that some of his property was stolen by the robber, police said. The robber, believed to be a man in his 20s or 30s, ran away, police said. No arrests have been made.
At the hospital, Locasto underwent successful surgery to stop bleeding in his punctured lung and liver. Locasto needed a breathing tube and struggled with blood pressure issues, according to his family.
Locasto remained in the intensive care unit at Stroger until he died Monday.
Locasto frequently walked the neighborhood after being diagnosed with a heart condition many years ago, according to Mary Evans, Locasto's girlfriend. His doctors told him to get healthier, so he quit drinking and smoking and began walking.
"He's just a wonderful man," Evans said at the time of the stabbing. "He's an old timer who loves his neighborhood."
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet performed an autopsy to determine the cause of Locasto's death.
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