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Chicago man arrested in photographer's death

Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A judge on Monday ordered that a Chicago man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a photographer over the weekend be held without bond.

During a brief hearing, prosecutors said that 31-year-old Eric Vaughn is suspected of supplying the gun to the alleged gunman and then driving the getaway car after the shooting on Chicago's north side.

During the hearing, prosecutors told the judge that the gunman, whom police had not yet arrested, was aiming at a member of a rival gang when he shot 28-year-old Wil Lewis in the back on Saturday afternoon. Lewis was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lewis moved from Wisconsin to Chicago two years ago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times ( According to published reports, he and his wife had just moved to the city's Rogers Park neighborhood and Lewis was scheduled to start a new job as a photographer for an online men's clothing store.

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore told the newspaper he was in the area and after hearing the sound of gunfire, saw the gunman "continue to fire his weapon at a group of fleeing youths."

Lewis was living in poverty in Guatemala when he was adopted at the age of 7, and raised in Wisconsin. After going to art school in Milwaukee, he moved to Chicago.

"He was looking to start a family. He was talking about having children, Warren Rader, a friend and fellow photographer told the Sun-Times. "Everything was going right for him."

Besides the first-degree murder charge, Vaughn is charged with attempted murder and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Vaughn's attorney, Kenneth Fletcher, said he could not comment.

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