Vigil set for Tuesday night

Vigil set for Tuesday night

The Illinois Student Senate has scheduled a vigil for 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Quad following Sunday’s shooting in Campustown.

“We’re just trying to stand in solidarity together,” Student Body President Ron Lewis said. “We don’t want this to separate students.”

Lewis was at Brothers Bar, near Sixth and Green streets, with other student senators following a day-long retreat when they noticed the Illini Alert about the early morning shooting three blocks away. Lewis left the bar and walked down Green Street.

“By the time I got to Fourth and Green, everything was blocked off for three blocks, and there were police cars everywhere,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that as far as me being a student here. There has maybe been a shooting in the past, but it hasn’t been in such a central area.”

After making sure everyone got home safe, he texted UI Police Chief Jeff Christensen and spoke with him about 3 a.m. to get the details.

Lewis said he was told the man who was killed was visiting friends in Champaign. Police said the victim was a bystander and wasn’t involved in the argument that led to the shooting.

Lewis posted updates to his Facebook and Twitter accounts all day Sunday to keep students informed.

“It’s honestly a really hard time. We’re just trying to make sure that everybody’s OK, and everybody understands what’s going on,” he said.

Lewis was glad Chancellor Robert Jones sent out a message to students Sunday, letting them know about resources available to help them.

“This is a point in time where we really just need to stand together. Just stay safe, be aware of your surroundings, do our duty to look out for each other as students at the university,” Lewis said.

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