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Victim Of U of Illinois Shooting Was To Start Nursing Job

Tony Webster

A suburban Chicago man shot dead on the University of Illinois campus was planning to start a career as a nurse.

Officials at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville say 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein was expected to start Monday as a registered nurse. He recently passed his nursing board exam.

Korchev was killed early Sunday in one of a pair of shootings in Champaign. He was shot when a fight broke out a party on Champaign campus. Three others suffered non-critical wounds. Police say he was walking by when the shooting happened. A fourth person was shot and injured a half-hour later a few blocks west of campus.

Police say the two shootings may be related. They are searching for a suspect.

Hospital officials say Korchev was "known as a skilled, empathetic and selfless caregiver."


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