Granite City man dies after being attacked inside home
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV) - A violent attack inside a Metro East home left a man dead and another person injured, police said.
Just past 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police said 30-year-old Blake Streeb attacked two people inside a home in the 2200 block of Miracle Avenue in Granite City. Streeb was arrested at the home. One of the victims, later identified as 25-year-old Michael Reay, died from his injuries.
“Our understanding is he showed up to the place and he beat Michael to a pulp, clearly from the picture here. He was beat beyond recognition and stomped,” said Gary Reay, the victim’s uncle.
Michael Reay was in a wheelchair and blind after an accident when he was a teenage. His family says he was defenseless when he was brutally attacked. The family says Michael was visiting a friend the night he was killed. They do not know Streeb.
Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department are not yet sharing information on a motive but say this was not a random attack. Streeb lived nearby and was acquaintances with the people who live in the house where the attack happened. Captain Brian Koberna says they believe Streeb was intoxicated at the time of the beating. The other victim, who lives at the home on Miracle Avenue, was able to get away and call 911. Investigators tell News4 they have responded to that house in the past for disturbance calls.
Michael Reay was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. His family says he was able to donate some of his organs.
“He always cared about others,” said his uncle.
Streeb remains locked up facing first-degree murder and battery charges. His bond is set at $1 million.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Reay family pay for the unexpected funeral expenses.
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