U of Illinois Plans Vigil After Deadly Shooting

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The Latest on shootings in Champaign that left one dead on the University of Illinois campus (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

University of Illinois police say they’re searching for suspects after two shootings over the weekend left one dead and four injured.

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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.”

6:10 a.m.

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.”


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