School officials say they are mourning the loss of a Waukegan High School volleyball coach who died after she was shot on Waukegan’s south side late Saturday evening.
The Waukegan Police Department and Waukegan Fire Department responded around 10:45 p.m. Saturday to 10th Street and Lewis Avenue in Waukegan for a shooting.
Police arrived to find a 23-year-old woman who had been shot, the coroner’s office told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Paramedics transported her to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where she was pronounced dead.
Police shut down the intersection where the shooting happened for several hours to investigate.
Multiple shell casings were seen in the roadway nearby a white car.
Waukegan High School Director of Athletics Colette Erbach sent a message to parents Sunday afternoon announcing that the victim was Niolis Collazo.
“I am sending this email to all of you with an extremely heavy heart and huge sadness,” Erbach said in announcing Collazo’s death.
Collazo was the freshman boys volleyball coach, a WOW counselor at one of the middle schools and a former Waukegan High School student who excelled in athletics and music, Erbach said.
Collazo has a sister who is a senior that is on the girls varsity softball team and plays volleyball, Erbach said.
“This is a tragic incident that will require our athletes and staff to talk to counselors. We will have them available in the morning,” Erbach said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office is in the process of scheduling an autopsy on Collazo.
The Waukegan Police Department has not released any information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.