A recent University of Chicago graduate was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon during an attempted robbery in Hyde Park, one block from campus.
The 24-year-old Asian male victim was near E. 54th Place and Ellis Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and a male got out, took out a gun, and demanded the former student’s property.
It is not clear yet whether the victim complied. The armed robber opened fire at the 24-year-old, shooting him in the chest. The victim was reportedly taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
After pulling the trigger, the assailant returned to his vehicle and fled west on 54th Place, police said. Law enforcement have not stated whether the suspect has been identified or apprehended.
The victim marks the third University of Chicago affiliate to be shot and killed this year.
At 20 years old, Max Lewis was murdered by a stray bullet on Chicago’s CTA this summer. Lewis was supposed to start his junior year at UChicago this fall. Instead, he was gunned down while traveling home from his summer internship.
Similarly, fourth-year UChicago Ph.D. student Yiran Fan was gunned down and murdered in a South Side parking garage this January. Fan was only 30 years old.
Violent incidents are prevalent in Hyde Park. Just blocks away from campus this summer, 73-year-old veteran Keith Cooper was beaten to death outside the Hyde Park community’s local CVS.
Crime in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago continues to surge. As of November 7, the city of Chicago reported that aggravated assaults are up 14.7%, sexual assaults are up 10.6%, shootings are up 9%, and fatal shootings are up 6.4% from the same time last year.
Meanwhile, left-wing UChicago student groups like “CareNotCops” and “UChicago United” advocate to “immediately disarm, disclose the budget of, defund and ultimately abolish the [University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD)].
Prior to being elected, this year’s undergraduate Student Government leaders similarly promised to “[w]ork toward the disarming, defunding, and abolition of UCPD by amplifying the work of groups such as CareNotCops in meetings with administrators.”
Halloween weekend is notoriously dangerous in Chicago, with this year resulting in 20 wounded and 6 dead from shootings. While many Chicagoans were concerned about safety and security on Halloween, “CareNotCops” had a different approach. They announced to the Hyde Park community “DON’T call the cops!! Real safety means #MutualAid #BystanderIntervention and DEFENDING against state violence with things like #CopWatching.”
UCPD is the main entity working to defend students from Chicago’s violent criminals. Their professionally trained officers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to defend the UChicago community.
Despite the rhetoric from leftist student groups like “CareNotCops” and “UChicago United,” many members of the UChicago community are grateful for UCPD. “We need greater armed UCPD presence, not less, and there is no logical argument against this,” said the Chicago Thinker’s CCO Jaelyn Douglas, who lives two blocks away from where the shooting occurred.
“My heart breaks for the friends and family of this bright individual who was taken from this Earth far too soon,” she continued, “and I don’t want a single other family to have to receive the devastating news this one received today.”