Various people died: from two parents in their 30s to an 88-year-old grandfather.
HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Police say seven people are dead and many more injured after a gunman attacked opened fire on crowds of Fourth of July parade participants in the suburbs of Chicago.
Hospitals reported that the injured ranged from 8 to 85 years old – most of them with gunshot wounds. Various people died: from two parents in their 30s to an 88-year-old grandfather.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday identified 69-year-old Eduard Uwald as the seventh victim of the tragedy. Local news stations reported that he lived nearby in the suburb of Waukegan.
GoFundMe organized by Uvalda’s family called him “a kind, loving and funny man who didn’t deserve this.” It said he was taken to hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head and arm and later died of his injuries.
Two other family members, Uvalda’s wife and his grandson, were injured.
Kevin and Irina McCarthy
A photo of Aiden McCarthy was shared on Chicago social media in the hours after the July 4th parade shooting in Highland Park, along with pleas to help identify and reunite the 2-year-old who was found bloodied and alone at the scene with his family to her
Friends and authorities confirmed Tuesday that the boy’s parents, Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people who died in the tragedy.
A nearby synagogue said Jackie Sundheim, a 63-year-old lifelong member, had been shot at the parade.
“Jackie’s work, kindness, and warmth touched us all, from her first days teaching at Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding countless of us through life’s joys and sorrows as our events and Bnei Mitzvah coordinator, all with tireless dedication.” , This is stated in the statement of the Congregation of the North Bank of Israel.
The synagogue said Sundheim was a lifelong worshiper and a beloved employee for decades.
Goldstein was a 64-year-old Highland Park resident who was celebrating Independence Day in her town’s annual parade. Her husband said Goldstein, a mother of two daughters in her 20s, had an adventurous spirit.
“She didn’t complain, ‘There are bugs,'” Dr. Craig Goldstein told the New York Times. “She was always on the go.”
Dr. Goldstein said his wife, an avid bird watcher, wanted to be cremated and have her remains scattered in Chicago’s Montrose Beach neighborhood, which has a bird sanctuary.
Strauss, an 88-year-old Chicago financial adviser, was an early observer of the parade and attended every year, his grandchildren said.
Brothers Maxwell and Tobias Strauss described their grandfather as a kind and active man who enjoyed walking, cycling and attending social events.
“The way he’s lived his life, you’d think he’s still middle-aged,” Maxwell Strauss said in an interview with the Associated Press.
The two brothers recalled Sunday dinners with their grandparents as a favorite tradition. They said they had eaten with him the night before the murder.
Nicolas Toledo Zaragoza
Toledo-Zaragoza was killed on what should have been a “fun family day” that “turned into a horrible nightmare for all of us,” according to his granddaughter, Xochil Toledo.
Family members said The New York Times that the 78-year-old man didn’t want to go to the parade, but went anyway because his family didn’t want to leave him alone. He was sitting in the carriage between his son and nephew.
“He was so happy,” Toledo’s granddaughter said said the Chicago Sun-Times. “Happy to live in the moment.”
She said that when the shots rang out, three bullets hit her grandfather: “He saved all of our lives. It would go to me, my boyfriend or my cousins.”
On a GoFundMe page to raise money for Toledo’s funeral, Xochil Toledo said her grandfather was “a loving person, creative, adventurous and fun.”
The Associated Press contributed.