Chicago Photographer Murdered In Apparent Case of Mistaken Identity

Wil Lewis, a 28-year-old photographer, was shot and killed in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon as he waited for a bus in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, according to reports from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

Police have arrested a man in the shooting, charging him with first degree murder.

Lewis’s father told the Tribune that police believe Lewis was mistaken for someone else. “Somebody basically shot him dead. They felt it was a case of mistaken identity. Wil was not in the wrong,” he told the paper.

Born in Guatemala, Lewis was adopted at age 7 and grew up in California and Wisconsin. Lewis, a graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, had worked as a photo assistant and digital tech for Kohl’s, Sears, Blackbox Visual and other clients. He opened his own studio, Wil Photography, in 2009. A friend told the Sun-Times that Lewis was due to begin a new job as a photographer at an online men’s clothing retailer this week. He and his wife, an art director at ad agency Leo Burnett, were expected to celebrate their second wedding anniversary next month.



4 Responses to “Chicago Photographer Murdered In Apparent Case of Mistaken Identity”

  1. Jeffrey Elder Says:

    This so sad, and yet another reason that I will not return to Chicago, even though it’s my home town. My prayers go to his friends and family. Another brilliant life cut short way too soon.

  2. Matt Rainwaters Says:

    This is heart breaking and tragic… best wishes and condolences sent to his family.

  3. No Name Says:

    If he was Guatemalan, he may have been mistaken for a member of a rival Mexican drug gang. Chicago is swamped with Cocaine brought in by the Sinaloa Drug Cartel and distributed by a network of Mexican gangs in the Chicago area. Just an educated guess.

  4. Peter Gold Says:

    My family came to Chicago in the late 1940s. I became a photographer there, grew a career in the ’60s, moved away, had other careers, and have only been back a few times over the past five decades. Rogers Park, where my friends and I hung out during high school years, is clear in my mind despite the years. When I read this report, I thought, “This shouldn’t happen there. NO, this shouldn’t happen anywhere, to anyone.”

    Minneapolis has been my home for some years now. Too many innocent people are murdered here, like Chicago. Like Chicago, some part of us gets used to it. That’s why this shouldn’t happen here, not anywhere, not to anyone.

    We read of so many families who are grieving the loss of their killed loved ones, that we have to work hard not to think of them as a single statistic, x-number of mourners, an anonymous crowd. The painful truth is that they are as individual as we are. Those families could be our families. Wil Lewis, 28, mistakenly-murdered Chicagoan, could be any of us.

    Chicago needs better. In Wil’s death, we’ve all lost a good person. We all need better.