CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The Latest on shootings in Champaign that left one dead on the University of Illinois campus (all times local):
University of Illinois police say they’re searching for suspects after two shootings over the weekend left one dead and four injured.
University Police Department chief Jeff Christensen says one of the injured victims was a student. Authorities have identified the man who died early Sunday as 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein. Authorities say Korchev and the four injured were not involved in the shootings. Those injured had non-critical wounds.
University of Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones said in an email to campus that a public vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Main Quad to support the shooting victims. It will include a moment of silence and speeches from campus leaders.
Jones says the victims were “bystanders caught in a senseless act of violence.”
A suburban Chicago man shot dead on the University of Illinois campus was planning to start a career as a nurse.
Officials at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville say 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein was expected to start Monday as a registered nurse. He recently passed his nursing board exam.
Korchev was killed early Sunday in one of a pair of shootings in Champaign. He was shot when a fight broke out a party on Champaign campus. Three others suffered non-critical wounds. Police say he was walking by when the shooting happened. A fourth person was shot and injured a half-hour later a few blocks west of campus.
Police say the two shootings may be related. They are searching for a suspect.
Hospital officials say Korchev was “known as a skilled, empathetic and selfless caregiver.”