Briefs

Marine survives two tours of duty in Afghanistan only to be murdered on a Chicago subway platform

Mamadou Balde

A Marine Corps veteran, who served two tours of combat duty in Afghanistan, ironically lost his life on a subway platform after he was shoved into the path of an oncoming train in Chicago’s Loop.

Mamadou Balde, 29, was pushed off the platform, falling between two subway cars in the path of an oncoming Red Line train at the Jackson Street station. The subway cars dragged Balde along the platform.

The incident, which was captured on a CTA surveillance camera, took place at 5:15p.m. on April 7.  Balde had been involved in a verbal argument with three other men, leading to a fistfight/shoving match.

Mamadou’s father identified his son at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police arrested Ryan Munn, 18, and charged him with Balde’s murder. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 17.

Ryan Munn

Following his arrest, Munn told police he wanted to push Balde to the ground, but he fell between the subway cars.

Balde, a graduate of Lane Tech High School, served two tours in Afghanistan. He had been a member of the Marines from 2008 to 2015.

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