"We're just numb," said his father,
"Somebody basically shot him dead. They felt it was a case of mistaken identity. Wil was not in the wrong."
Lewis, of the 6600 block of
The shooter fled the scene on foot, police said. Witnesses at the scene said Lewis was standing at the bus stop before he was shot, but that has not been confirmed with police.
Police were questioning three persons of interest in the shooting and the gunman's vehicle may have been recovered, according to police, citing preliminary information.
The motive for the shooting was unclear although police said there were some gang overtones. But, according to police, Lewis wasn't the intended target.
"He came with really no educational background at all. He only spoke street Spanish, nothing formal. He couldn't read or write. So growing up we were tri-lingual -- English, Spanish and charades," Lewis said, laughing.
Their family spent some time in
"He was a drummer for the choir, some track and wrestling ... he tried a little bit of everything,"'
"He was a good guy with a great sense of humor. He loved to tease and joke around,"' said his father, who last spoke with his son the day before he died, on
"He was basically right by home," she said. "It's likely he was just out doing errands ... the thing is we don't know."
"He was a wonderful uncle ... my kids absolutely adored him. He was incredibly loving, very generous and very helpful."
Humpal, who has four daughters, had called his oldest daughter, who then had to call Lewis' wife. She was in
"She is devastated," Humpal said. "She doesn't know what she's going to do without him."
Humpal said Lewis and his daughter, 30, met while both were students at the
Before the big city move, the couple worked together at Kohl's in
"He was just really excited about the fact that he had a fulltime job with all the benefits. He had worked really hard at a couple of different places. It was just coming to fruition," said his father.
Humpal had recently had helped the couple move into their new home. Their new place was a "little less" in rent and more room. Near
"Before they picked it, they were considering different areas. They figured it should be safe enough," Humpal said of the neighborhood. "Apparently not."
"They were definitely hopeful" for their future, Humpal said. "I have no idea what we will do without him. She doesn't either."
"You cannot take days or moments or minutes for granted," said
"There are no words. You can't fix it. It's a reminder that life is very short and you should tell your loved ones all the time that you love them," said
"My sister wants people to know that he was somebody who was very kind and he had a generous, enormous heart. He was a beautiful person and one of the most creative people she knows."
In an email dated Sunday to constituents, Ald.
"I looked up to see the assailant, who appeared to be a teenager, continue to fire his weapon at a group of fleeing youths. It is something I will never forget," Moore said.
He said he was told by police that they believe the shooting was a result of a gang dispute in another neighborhood that spilled over. He said he and his wife helped a local resident clean the bloodshed from the sidewalk.
"This shooting is a tragedy. Not because it was witnessed by the alderman, but because yet another life has been extinguished in a seemingly never-ending cycle of senseless violence. What makes this even more tragic, is that the murder appeared to be at the hands of a boy who may have been younger than my own 17-year-old son."
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