Man charged in fatal shooting of Northwestern PhD student last September

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Diante Speed (left) has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shane Columbo.

CHICAGO — A judge ordered no bail for a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Northwestern Ph.D. student last September.

Diante Speed, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Shane Columbo.

Police said Columbo was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire on Sept. 2, 2018 as he waited at a bus stop near Howard Avenue and Clark Street in Rogers Park.

Cook County assistant state’ attorney James Murphy said Colombo was walking with groceries when he was shot and struck several times.

“The 9mm handgun was recovered by South Holland PD during a gun arrest” Murphy said. “The person arrested with the murder weapon told police he bought the gun from … a friend of the defendant.”

Columbo was from Arizona and was due to begin doctoral work at Northwestern University on a scholarship. His mother said he had arrived in the city just three hours before the shooting.

The judge ordered no bail due to Speed’s criminal history, his failure to appear on past charges. Speed has failed to appear in court on prior arrests six times. In the last two years alone he has been charged with trespass, theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary.


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