The son of a Stafford County, Virginia, principal was killed during a weekend of violence in Chicago that left more than 30 people injured.
William Lewis, 28, was shot in the back just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when someone approached him on foot and opened fire.
Joe Lewis, who is currently the principal of Stafford County High School, and his wife adopted William from Guatemala when he was 7-years-old. His adoption came two years after he told his mother he wanted to live in America, The Free Lance-Star reported.
“He told me that if he had stayed in Guatemala, he would have either ended up in a gang or dead," Joe Lewis told the newspaper. "Here’s this little guy who came to America and touched all these peoples’ lives. It’s just incredible."
Police have charged 31-year-old Eric Vaughn with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with William Lewis' death.
According to the Chicago Tribune, William, an aspiring photographer, had moved to the neighborhood with his wife two weeks ago. He was scheduled to start a new job Monday.
Police said he may not have been the suspect's intended target.