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Charges filed in shooting death of photographer in Rogers Park

Eric Vaughn was charged with murder death photographer Wil Lewis 28 who was shot killed DevAvenue Rogers Park July. |

Eric Vaughn was charged with murder in the death of photographer Wil Lewis, 28, who was shot and killed on Devon Avenue in Rogers Park in July. | Chicago Police Department Photo

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Updated: July 14, 2014 5:31PM

A North Side man is being held without bond after being charged with the murder in the death of a photographer who was fatally shot Saturday in Rogers Park.

Eric Vaughn, 31, was arrested Saturday, the same day that Wil Lewis, 28, was shot and killed in the 1300 block of Devon Avenue.

Lewis was standing on Devon about 3:20 p.m. when a gunman approached on foot and shot him in the back, Chicago Police said. He was pronounced dead less than 40 minutes later.

Vaughn, of the 4400 block of North Clarendon Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, police said. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless driving and three traffic citations, including having no insurance, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and having no valid registration.

Prosecutors said Vaughn was driving a car involved in the crime, but was not the shooter. He appeared in court Monday.

Lewis had been scheduled to start a new job on Monday, as a photographer for Trunk Club, an online men’s clothing store, said Warren Rader, a close friend and fellow photographer.

Lewis had escaped poverty in Guatemala when he was adopted at age 7. He was raised in Wisconsin, attended art school in Milwaukee and had moved to Chicago two years ago. Lewis and his wife moved into a new Rogers Park apartment just two weeks ago, Rader said.

Contributing: Reema Amin, Mitch Dudek

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