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… 25-year-old Shane Colombo, a native of Sun City, California, was in the 7600 block of North Clark Street in the Rogers Park neighborhood at about 8:25 p.m. Sunday when he was caught in crossfire between two people, Chicago police said. A statement from the university said Colombo was waiting at a bus stop.

Colombo was struck in his abdomen and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m., police said.

… Colombo was planning to join Northwestern’s psychology Ph.D. program as an incoming student this fall, according to a statement from university officials. He received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and was in the process of moving to Chicago from New York, where he was a researcher at Columbia University’s Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab.

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3 Responses to “Just-Arrived Northwestern University Graduate Student Makes Fatal Mistake of Going Outside in Chicago”

  1. adam Says:

    This makes us glad you survived your time in Chicago.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    adam: LOL. Evanston was pretty safe – though I was once followed home at night by some guy who’d been on the L train with me. I attached myself to another guy on the street who seemed safe, and when he realized I was being followed, he very wonderfully escorted me to my apartment. (On the way, however, he said he was a Scientologist and did I know there was a house of Scientology in Evanston, and would I like to check it out before he took me home…)

    In Hyde Park (where the Univ of Chicago is) things were more treacherous. Two friends of mine were assaulted – one on a lovely afternoon along a lovely bike path into the city. He needed stitches in his head.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    Really bad luck on his part–the north side (and Rogers Park is about as far north in Chicago as you can go)is pretty safe. It’s the south side and these days, the area directly west of downtown, that are risky.

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