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‘Biggest and brightest smile’: Fundraiser started for father of three fatally shot in Waukegan

Marshawn Pettis, 24, of Waukegan. | Photo via GoFundMe.

A fundraiser has been started for the family of a 24-year-old father of three who was shot and killed in Waukegan on Tuesday.

An autopsy showed that Marshawn Pettis, 24, of Waukegan, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 8 p.m. Tuesday to the 2100 block of Williamsburg Drive for a report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and found Pettis lying in the street with gunshot wounds, according to Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Joe Florip.

Pettis was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where he was later pronounced dead.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and the Waukegan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is following up on “many leads,” Florip said.

A GoFundMe account was started for the family of Pettis, who was a father of three daughters.

The fundraiser has raised nearly $1,000 and has a goal of $10,000.

“Every time you saw him he had the biggest and brightest smile on his face and was always willing to help any and everyone, unfortunately Marshawn did not have life insurance,” the GoFundMe said.

Police investigate a shooting in the 200 block of Julian Street in Waukegan Tuesday evening that left one man injured. | Photo: Craig / Captured News.

A second unrelated shooting occurred a short time later in the 200 block of Julian Street in Waukegan around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers located a victim who had been shot in an apartment complex parking lot.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition. The victim is a Waukegan man in his 20s, Florip said.

The Waukegan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident.

The motive for the shooting is unknown but detectives are also following up on “many leads,” Florip said.

Both incidents appear to be unrelated. No one is in custody for either shooting.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Waukegan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division tip line at 847-360-9001.