Friends and family remember a northeast Wisconsin man who was shot and killed in Chicago gun violence Saturday afternoon.
William (Wil) Lewis was killed in what police said was a case of mistaken identity.
Lewis lived in Wisconsin until he moved to Chicago about a year ago. He was born in Guatemala and was adopted by a northeast Wisconsin family.
He attended Sturgeon Bay and Kaukauna High Schools, and played on the schools' varsity soccer team. His dad was also the principal at each school.
"He was just a wonderful young man," said Dale Antoine, Kaukauna High School soccer coach. "He would take on anybody on the soccer field. Just his competitive spirit. But then, you know, the competitiveness goes away and he was just a great kid, he's smiling, laughing you know so that's what i'm going to miss."
Those close to him said Lewis was killed waiting at a bus stop while running errands around 3:20 Saturday afternoon.
"It was senseless," Antoine said. "It's just an outstanding kid who I guess was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Lewis' father said Lewis and his wife liked the Chicago neighborhood they lived in. He said the two were not afraid for their safety.
"They liked the neighborhood, they liked the big city. They saw themselves as being big city people," said Joseph Lewis, Wil's father.
Chicago Police announced Monday a 31-year-old Chicago man is charged with Lewis' murder
"Someone taken away from us at that young age who had the rest of his life to live," said Antoine.
Joseph Lewis said his family doesn't want to dwell on the tragedy, but remember Wil for the positivity he brought to others.
"We're not dwelling on the loss, because Wil has had a profound effect on a lot of people. A very positive effect," he said. "I am going to choose and my family's going to choose on a life that was very well lived although it was cut short."
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