The University of Chicago’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1892

Chicago Maroon

The University of Chicago’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1892

Chicago Maroon

The University of Chicago’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1892

Chicago Maroon

Rising Third-Year Dies From Injuries Sustained in Shooting

Max Solomon Lewis passed away Sunday after being shot while riding a CTA train July 1, the University announced yesterday evening.
Purple+alliums+bloom+on+the+Quad.
Ruby Rorty
Purple alliums bloom on the Quad.

Max Solomon Lewis, a rising third-year in the College, died yesterday from injuries sustained after being shot by a stray bullet while riding a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train on Thursday, July 1. Lewis was 20 years old.

“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,” Provost Ka Yee Lee and Dean Michele Rasmussen wrote in an email to the University community on Sunday, July 4.

Lewis was pursuing a double major in economics and computer science, according to the email. He also served as the president of UChicago’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi and the head of operations at Promontory Investment Research.

A subsequent email to the College community from Deans John Boyer and Jay Ellison said that details of any gatherings held in Lewis’s memory would be announced at a later date. Both emails reiterated that counselors at UChicago Student Wellness, academic advisers, and religious advisers are available to support students. The therapist-on-call at UChicago Student Wellness may be reached by phone at (773) 702–3625, and faculty and staff may call Perspectives at (800) 456–6327.

A memorial fund for Lewis has raised more than $37,000 as of Monday afternoon. According to the GoFundMe page, Lewis was riding the train back from his summer internship in downtown Chicago when he was shot.

“Max was an intelligent, caring, compassionate member of the UChicago community and a dear friend to many. He is known amongst friends, peers, and classmates for his kindness, goofiness, grit, impeccable work ethic, and most importantly, his unfailingly genuine soul. He will be sorely missed,” the GoFundMe page reads.

Lewis is survived by his mother, father, and younger brother, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Editor’s Note: We hope to follow up on this article with an obituary memorializing Max’s life and his time as a member of the University community. We ask anyone who has memories they wish  to share about Max to please contact us at editor@chicagomaroon.com.

 

Leave a Comment
Donate to Chicago Maroon
$560
$2000
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation makes the work of student journalists of University of Chicago possible and allows us to continue serving the UChicago and Hyde Park community.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Michael McClure, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Michael McClure is a fourth-year from Buffalo, New York, studying political science and music at the College. Michael believes accurate writing is essential to conveying challenging truths with clarity and poise. It’s the principle that guides his work as an editor as well as the ideal he strives to follow in his reporting for The Maroon and elsewhere. Before becoming The Maroon's managing editor, Michael served as a reporter and editor in the News section, updating the campus community about major University news, covering rallies on the quad, and interviewing students and professors about groundbreaking initiatives on campus and in Hyde Park. He also served as a copy chief from 2021 to 2023 and copyedited more than 500 articles during his time in the section. Outside of UChicago, Michael moonlights as a motorsport journalist at Feeder Series and InsideF2, reporting and editing stories on domestic and international junior single-seater racing from Formula 2 to Formula 4. In whatever spare time he has left, Michael is usually practicing the piano, exploring American suburbia on Google Maps, going on adventures with friends and strangers, or planning trips to racing paddocks and faraway islands that will probably never come to fruition.  
Donate to Chicago Maroon
$560
$2000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All Chicago Maroon Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *