Area athlete, coach dies in Chicago shooting

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CHICAGO (WEAU) -- An area athlete and coach is dead after being shot in Chicago.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 34-year-old Derrick Swanigan was shot in the chest by someone he knew during a fight inside a home on the city's south side earlier this month.

Swanigan worked at UW- Eau Claire as the director of football operations and player development from 2012-2016. He was also an assistant coach at Eau Claire Memorial and for the Eau Claire Crush. Swanigan played for the Chippewa Valley Predators

The general manager for the Predators released a statement on Swanigan's death: "The Chippewa Valley Predators are deeply saddened at learning about the passing of one of their own #76 Derrick Swanigan. Derrick was a leader on and off the field for the Preds in 2013 and 2014 and was involved heavily with the youth in the community. He will be missed dearly. Thoughts and prayers go out to Derrick’s (sic) family."

Dan Schumacher, director of athletics at UWEC, released a statement saying “Blugold Athletics has a heavy heart these past couple of days with the news of a former football coach and mentor who passed away. Derrick Swanigan was a kind, caring person and student-athletes greatly benefited knowing and learning from him. Our staff and colleagues were shocked and saddened by the news. We pray for his wife, son and family at this very difficult time. "

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