20-Year-Old Chicago Student Killed by Stray Bullet While Riding Subway Home from Internship

A bullet pierced the window of the train, hitting University of Chicago student Max Lewis. / GoFundMe

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 say.

Max Solomon Lewis, a 20-year-old junior from Denver, Colo., succumbed Sunday morning to injuries he suffered from the slug 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,” classmate Zach Cogan told the outlet.

Lewis, who was pursuing a double major in economics and computer science, had snagged a competitive internship at an investment firm in downtown Chicago for the summer.

Though he had the option to work from home, Lewis preferred to head into the office because he “loved getting to know as many people as he could,” Cogan said.

The victim had been on his way home from work during rush hour Thursday when the bullet struck his neck, police said.

“I was told Max was shot and he was shot in the neck. And it was really bad,” Cogan told the Denver Channel.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo