Shane Colombo, fiancé; PhD student; son; brother; advocate for mental health and nonviolent person; survivor of lymphoma at 15; who lived each day with tenacious determination to live life fully, without believing he "couldn't"; who sparked love and light in the hearts and minds of so many in his 25 years, was taken from us too early. Shane was murdered in crossfire; a victim of senseless gun violence only hours after moving into his new home in Chicago. He was to begin his PhD studies in Psychology at Northwestern University, and finally unite with his fiancé, Vincent, and grow the roots of their family as they had recently purchased a condo together. After talking with his fiancé about going out to put the finishing touches on his first day in the city by purchasing some clothes hangers from a local store, grabbing a drink and checking out a local bar, and catching the bus back to his condo, Shane should have been in for a menial night which ended with him sleeping soundly. Unfortunately, Shane was caught in the crossfire of gang violence while awaiting that bus, and he never made it home. Always the light of the room, Shane will be remembered as being a passionate, kind, intelligent, patient, and loving person. Shane was a son, brother, fiancé, uncle, and friend to all. We ask that you remember Shane for the beautiful person that he is: fiercely passionate, full of love, beauty and art in all of its forms, music, and humor.This act of violence which has taken Shane from this world too early has left his family with the mentally heartbreaking and financially daunting task of now bringing Shane back home to California so he can finally rest. Vincent, and Shane's mother Tonya and his aunt Tracy, are currently in Chicago handling his affairs and will need help financially to cover the costs of bringing Shane home, as well as help with expenses of a memorial for this beloved person who was taken from us all too early. Please visit the go-fund-me page for additional information and comments at GoFundMe.com/bringingshanehome
Shane is survived by his fiance Vincent, his mother Tonya, his grandmother Louise, his father Ernesto, his older brother Dane, niece Molly and her mother Chelsea, and his younger brother and sister, Gabe and Ariel, his younger brother Lorenzo and step-brother Izaak, his two aunts, as well as uncles and cousins and many family members both biological and chosen. He will be greatly missed by us all.
All funds are allocated to Vincent Perez, Tonya Nishimuta-Colombo, and Tracy Nishimuta for the cost of travel, cost of cremation, and any additional funds will go towards the condo purchased by Shane and Vincent. Memorial services will be next week.
Chicagoland arrangements entrusted to Evanston Funeral & Cremation, Roland F. Weis director, info 847 866-8843 additional condolence and guestbook at evanstonfuneral.com
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday September 14, 2018 at the Lesneski Mortuary, 640 South El Camino Real, San Clemente California. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 11:00am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 105 North La Esperanza, San Clemente California. Interment will be private. For additional information on arrangements in California, please visit lesneskimortuary.com
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