CHICAGO — Police have released images of the people they say killed a 25-year-old Northwestern University graduate student this weekend.
The shooting happened at 8:24 p.m. Sunday. The victim, Shane Colombo, was walking in the 7500 block of North Clark Street when he was caught in the crossfire of two people shooting at each other, officials said.
Colombo was hit in his stomach and was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m., officials said. An autopsy showed he died from multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide.
The images released late Tuesday show three men running through a parking lot in the 7500 block of North Clark Street after the shooting, police said. Anyone with information about the men or shooting was asked to contact police.
Colombo had been a recent transplant to the city, having moved from New York City after doing research at Columbia University’s Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University, Northwestern officials said.
“The love of my life and partner was shot and killed yesterday. He is the most handsome, brilliant and quirky man I know,” Vincent Perez, Colombo’s partner, wrote in a post on Facebook. “I will miss you, Shane.”
Colombo’s mother, Tonya Colombo, shared a photo of her and her son at his graduation, writing on Facebook, “I miss you, my baby. Shane, I remember this day well. I couldn’t stop crying … tears of joy.”
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro issued a statement Monday alerting students of the slaying and mourning Colombo’s death.
“We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death yesterday in Chicago of one of our incoming Northwestern Ph.D. students,” Schapiro wrote. “Shane Colombo, 25, was waiting at a bus stop in the Rogers Park area of Chicago when he was shot and killed in the crossfire of an exchange of gunshots between two men.
“Many members of our Northwestern University community live in that area, and we condemn this awful and senseless act of violence and mourn the passing of Shane, a promising student who was to join our Psychology Ph.D. program this fall. We offer our condolences and kindest thoughts to his family and friends and all who knew him.
“This is a terrible loss for our community, and we all feel grief and heartbreak for Shane and his loved ones.”
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