Standout Niles North Swimmer Shot, Killed

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Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Niles North High School student who was fatally shot Sunday night.

Max Gadau, 17, and another person were either standing next to or inside a Honda Civic in the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue when they were both shot. Gadau died in the attack and the other person was listed in critical condition at Evanston Hospital.

The victim’s mother, Patricia Gadau, said her son was asked by a classmate, who’s allegedly involved in drugs, to accompany her for “protection.”

“Max went to front of the house, to the car, where they were approached by two men on foot and they shot him,” Gadau said. “She wanted him to protect her and he did, and he lost his life for it.”

Students gathered at the scene of the shooting Monday night to pay their respects. Max was a standout swimmer who instructed others at a local gym.

“To shoot somebody through a window over marijuana is just petty,” the victim’s longtime friend, Sunair Ibrahim, said.

See NBC Chicago

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