Update on Shooting Involving a University Student

July 4, 2021

To: All Members of the University Community
From: Ka Yee Lee, Provost, and Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University
Subject: Update on Shooting Involving a University Student
Date: July 4, 2021

We write with painful news for our community. The University of Chicago has learned that the undergraduate student shot on Thursday, July 1, while sitting in an off-campus Chicago Transit Authority train has passed away from his injuries. He was Max Solomon Lewis, a rising third-year student in the College.

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.

Max was a talented student and beloved campus leader and friend who will be greatly missed. He was pursuing a double major in economics and computer science, treasurer of the Promontory Investment Research RSO, president of the fraternity AEPi, and actively involved in the student community on campus.

To support our community in this time of grief, we remind students of the available University resources to support coping in difficult times. Counselors at UChicago Student Wellness are available by phone at 773-702-3625. Students may also visit the Student Wellness website to learn more or schedule an appointment, and Academic Advisers and Religious Advisers are available to talk with students. Assistance for faculty and staff affected by this tragedy is available through Perspectives, which can be reached any time at 800-456-6327.

Our thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.