Arrest Made in Killing of Northwestern Grad Student


An arrest has been made in the murder late last year of a Northwestern graduate student, who was shot and killed near the intersection of Clark and Howard.

Diante Speed, 20, was arrested Tuesday, and faces a charge of first degree murder.

Speed allegedly killed Shane Colombo, 25, whom police said was caught in a gang crossfire September 2. Police said Speed has been identified as the individual who fired a handgun multiple times, that day.

Speed is scheduled to have a bond hearing today.

According to police, at approximately 8:52 p.m. on the night of the shooting, two men were chasing a third man westbound on Howard. Upon turning on Clark, Speed opened fire. Colombo, who was on his way to the Howard El station,  was struck in the chest and lower back. He was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Columbo had recently moved to Evanston to begin a doctoral program in psychology at Northwestern University. He had just purchased a condominium with his fiance, Vincent Perez.

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