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Incoming NU student killed in gun crossfire
by Matt Simonette
2018-09-04

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A 25-year-old incoming Northwestern University student was killed Sept. 2 as he waited for a bus in the Rogers Park neighborhood, caught in gunfire exchange between two other men.

Shane Colombo, who was scheduled to enter Northwestern as a doctoral student in the upcoming semester, had recently purchased a condominium unit in Evanston, a few blocks away, according to Chicago Sun-Times. A California native who had recently moved to the Chicago area from New York City, Colombo was engaged to a man, Vincent Perez, with whom he'd been in a long-distance relationship.

Colombo was pierced in the abdomen as the result of stray gunfire as he walked on the 7600 block of Clark Street at about 8:25 p.m. on Sept. 2. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Northwestern officials released a statement signed by President Morton Schapiro and Provost Jonathan Holloway about Columbo's death on Sept. 3: "This is a terrible loss for our community, and we all feel grief and heartbreak for Shane and his loved ones. We also want to reassure our faculty, staff and students that Northwestern has no higher priority than the health and safety of our students. There is no justification for such violence. As a University community we remain more resolved than ever to identify the causes of violence in our larger community—and to work toward solutions that will create a better life for all those within it."

Chicago Sun-Times' report is at bit.ly/2NhwQgk .


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