A University of Chicago student was killed in a freak tragedy when a stray bullet ripped through his subway car window during the commute home from his summer internship, police and loved ones said.
Max Solomon Lewis, a 20-year-old junior, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning from the bullet that pierced a window of the train at the 51st Street Green Line station, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“It’s a senseless tragedy for so many reasons,” his classmate Zach Cogan told the outlet.
Lewis had been on his way home from an investment firm where he was interning in downtown Chicago when the bullet struck his neck during rush hour Thursday, the paper reported.
No suspects or a motive have been identified in the shooting, but police don’t believe that he was the intended target.
Lewis, who was from Denver, had been pursuing a double major in economics and computer science.
“I couldn’t think of a bad thing to say about Max. Like, there’s just nothing that comes to mind,” Cogan told the Denver Channel. “He was incredibly special and he was brave to the very end.”
The University of Chicago confirmed his death and remembered him as a “talented” student.
“The University is devastated by Max’s loss. During this sorrowful time, our deepest sympathies are with Max’s family, friends, and all who knew him,” the statement read.
“Max was a talented student and beloved campus leader and friend who will be greatly missed.”