Here’s what we know so far about the victims of the Highland Park parade shooting

A grandfather, synagogue worshiper and “the best mom in the world” were among seven people killed in the mass shooting during the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Five were pronounced dead at the scene and a sixth died in a hospital, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said. The seventh death was announced Tuesday afternoon by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The seven people killed have been identified as Katherine Goldstein, 64; Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Etienne Straus, 88; Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78; and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69.

Here is what we know so far about the victims:

Jacki Sundheim

Sundheim was a life member of North Shore Congregation Israel and a former preschool teacher.

Jacki Sundheim.Facebook

Glencoe Synagogue, about 3 miles from Highland Park, praised the “tireless dedication” of the former teacher, who also worked at the synagogue.

“Jacki’s hard work, kindness and warmth have touched us all, from her early days teaching at Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding countless of us through the joys and sadness of life as coordinator of events and B’nei Mitzvahs – all with tireless dedication,” the synagogue said in a statement.

Catherine Goldstein

Katie Goldstein, who was mourning the recent death of her mother, was looking to get out of the house and have some fun when she decided to attend the holiday parade, her daughter, Cassie Goldstein, said on Tuesday.

Image;  Catherine Goldstein.
Catherine Goldstein.Family photo

The night before, they’d been to the botanical gardens, bought Dairy Queen and gone to the movies, Cassie Goldstein told NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt in an interview on Tuesday.

On the day of the parade, “My mother waved to the floats as they passed. She was having a good time. »

“I was there with my mum and heard what I thought were firecrackers shooting down the street in front of me. And then I looked up and saw the shooter shooting at the kids” , Cassie Goldstein said, “And I told her it was a shooter and she had to run.”

They both ran side by side, Cassie Goldstein said. Her mother was shot in the chest and fell, she said.

“I knew she was dead,” Cassie Goldstein said. I “just told him that I love him, but I couldn’t stop, because he kept shooting everyone next to me. So, I kept running and hid behind a trash can.”

When the shooting stopped, she returned to her mother, she said.

“She was just a good mother and I spent 22 years with her,” Cassie Goldstein said. “And I was 22 with the best mom in the world. … I did everything with her. She was my best friend.”

Katie Goldstein’s husband and Cassie’s father, Craig Goldstein, said “Katie was the nicest, sweetest person you’ve ever met.”

“She was really selfless and seemingly always optimistic,” he said. “…She touched so many people in a positive way,” he said.

Irina and Kevin McCarthy

Irina and Kevin McCarthy were the parents of a 2-year-old child who was unharmed during filming, according to an online fundraiser verified by GoFundMe.

Image: Irina and Kevin McCarthy
Irina and Kevin McCarthy.through GoFundMe

Fundraising, done with the permission of the family, indicates that the child will be cared for by other family members.

The child will be cared for by other family members, according to the fundraising site.

Kevin McCarthy worked with Jaguar Gene Therapy, the Illinois company’s chief executive said in an email to employees, NBC Chicago reported.

CEO Joe Nolan wrote that Kevin McCarthy was a “star employee” with an “incredible work ethic”.

“Outside of work he was a very proud father and devoted husband who adored his family,” Nolan wrote.

Nicholas Toledo

Toledo’s son, Alejo Toledo, confirmed to NBC News that his father was a victim of the shooting.

Toledo, 78, initially didn’t want to attend the parade, one of his granddaughters told The New York Times, but family members took him because his disability meant he had to be accompanied full time.

Nicolas Toledo, victim of the Highland Park shooting.
Nicholas Toledo.through GoFundMe

“We were all in shock. We thought it was part of the parade,” her granddaughter Xochil Toledo told the newspaper. “We realized our grandfather had been hit. We saw blood and everything splashed on us.

Another family member also posted a grief message online. “Please hug your family and enjoy every moment with your loved ones,” Toledo’s granddaughter Kimberly Rangel wrote in a Facebook post.

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