Vigil scheduled for area shooting

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Update: 4:00 pm, 9/27/16, Tuesday 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — It really could have happened to anyone, anywhere, but, on Saturday night, it happened here, in campustown.

Now, people impacted by the deadly shooting are channeling their grief through a vigil. In the two shootings that night, one man was killed and five were hurt, one of whom was hit by a car fleeing the scene.

Because of when and where they happened, police had reason to believe they could be related, but as the investigation progressed, they haven’t found enough to connect the shootings.

A lot of students are shaken up because of the shooting near campus. The student senate organized Tuesday night’s candlelight vigil. They say there will be a moment of silence and speeches by campus leaders.

Two of those shot on Green Street were embedded in the campus community: a student and staff member. George Korchev, the man who died, wasn’t a student here, but he will not be forgotten at the vigil.

One student planning on going says it’s a local tragedy with high significance. She says Sunday’s events have been a topic of discussion in a few of her classes. Like many others, she still can’t believe it happened here.

Organizers say they’ll be providing information about counseling resources to those having a tough time. They say this probably won’t be the last gathering in the wake of the shooting.

They say students can expect more events in the coming weeks which might include a campus town-hall meeting with local law enforcement. The vigil starts at 7 pm. 

Original: 12:00 pm, 9/27/16, Tuesday

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — As police continue investigating the weekend’s shootings, the UI campus community is coming together to share its grief. A candlelight vigil is set for Tuesday evening.

It was organized by the UI Student Senate. A moment of silence will be followed with speeches from campus leaders and information about counseling services.

Students hope they can begin to overcome the collective shock from what should have been a typical Saturday night. They’ll also remember George Korchev, the man killed in the shooting.

He wasn’t a student here, but organizers say he’s still one of them. The student senate is also working on other events like a campus town-hall with local law enforcement in the coming weeks.

Tuesday night’s vigil starts at 7 pm, on the Quad.


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