Shane Colombo, a grad student at Northwestern University, was among those killed due to gun violence in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend. Colombo was two miles off campus when he was caught in the crossfire of two men who were shooting at each other. He was shot dead at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday night.
Colombo was one of six people who were shot and killed in Chicago over the weekend, while 25 others were wounded.
“Our hearts and minds are with Shane’s loved ones during this difficult time,” Teresa Woodruff, dean of the university’s Graduate School, and Adrian Randolph, dean of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, wrote in a statement, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “We extend our deepest condolences to Shane’s partner, Vincent, and all of his family members and friends.”
The 25-year-old was reportedly walking to the train at the time he was caught in the crossfire.
From the Daily Mail:
It happened in the in the 7600 block of North Clark Street, two miles from Northwestern’s campus. He was due to join the school’s psychology program this fall. Police have not yet identified the two men whose deadly gunfight he found himself in the middle of.
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The love of my life was taken from me on September 2, 2018. He fell victim to cross fire shooting walking to the train. He was the meaning of love. He was my reason. My everything. He was supposed to start his doctorate program at @northwesternu in clinical psych. Such brilliance. So much play and curiosity. I love you till the day I die chubby. You are the love of my life. #shanecolombo #strictergunlaws #chicago #evanston #myreasontolive
Colombo was engaged to Vincent Perez and had recently moved in together. Colombo and Perez dated long-distance for two years while Colombo, who had a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, worked as a researcher at Columbia University’s Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab in New York City.
“He was the most brilliant, understanding individual in the world,” Perez said. “He was the most amazing partner.”
Others injured on Labor Day Weekend were two girls, ages 11 and 17. They were shot in a drive-by shooting, though it was not clear if they were the intended targets.
Our deepest condolences go out to Colombo’s family during this incredibly difficult time, and to everyone else who lost a loved one during the latest string of gun violence in the Windy City.