mike kostyo

I know food.

helping out

Omar Gutiérrez struggled to keep up with more than 500 e-mails and donations pouring in Monday from as far as South Korea and Germany as people learned of his good deed for a pizza deliveryman who was beaten and carjacked.

Gutiérrez, 31, witnessed the attack on Stephen Walker last week in south Evanston and started collecting money from neighbors to replace Walker's 2003 Kia, which was totaled during the incident.

They had raised $1,700 after Gutiérrez started a Web site explaining Walker, 47, had minimal insurance on his car and did not expect his employer would replace it.

On Monday, after the Tribune reported on the community's effort, hundreds of readers joined the cause, donating nearly $7,000 as of late afternoon.

- Pizza attack: After assault on pizza deliverer, neighborly deed reaps donations froma cross the globe