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Family remembers lost loved one with scholarship fund

A local family is still adjusting to life without their loved one, Wil Lewis.  

The 28-year-old photographer was accidentally shot to death in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood in July, caught in the crossfire between rival gangs.

Lewis, a graduate of the  Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, had just moved to Chicago to begin his career with his wife, Maria.  He was out exploring his new neighborhood, taking pictures to adorn the mantle of his new apartment, on the night he was killed.

Now, in the wake of that tragic event, the family is keeping his spirit alive through a scholarship at MIAD.  On a  webpage launched shortly after his death, the Lewis family is collecting donations to support photography students.  

You can  support the effort directly here.

Click the Soundcloud player below to hear our extended interview with Wil’s sister-in-law Regina Kolbow.  She talks at length about Wil's life and how he is being remembered.



Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee