Horlick graduate Deonta Lezine passed away Friday evening after being shot multiple times last week in Stevens Point.
Sources close to Lezine’s family told Racine County Eye that he died surrounded by family. He had been on life support since being shot in the head March 17 in location but found blocks away on the campus of UW-Stevens Point.
Reaction to Lezine’s death was swift.
“I’ll never forget you. I love you man forever and always. It’s not goodbye it’s until we meet again. Keep watch over me… RIP in peace big bro!” Katelyn Harvey posted on Lezine’s Facebook page.
“Looks like the man upstairs called Deonta Tdr Lezine to come home! He must of felt that he was better in heaven then suffering on earth! Can’t be mad at that one bit,” Joseph Summers wrote.
Friends of Lezine were selling t-shirts to help pay for his medical care and posting continuous messages of support on his Facebook page.
Stevens Point police during a March 18 press conference that Lezine was shot during what they say was a drug deal gone bad. A second victim was found in Racine at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s around 4:30 a.m. March 18 with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
The suspect, Kyle Engen, remains at large. SPPD was recommending charges of attempted first degree homicide, but those charges will most likely be upgraded to first degree intentional homicide which carries a mandatory life sentence.