Now another community in America is mourning the loss of family and friends: among them, the parents of a 2-year-old boy.
Irina and Kevin McCarthy, ages 35 and 37, were identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday. Their son, Aiden, was found alive and taken to safety following the violence, the family told CNN.
Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park; Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, of Morelos, Mexico, were the other four identified victims. A seventh victim died at a hospital outside of Lake County, according to the coroner’s office.
A total of about 45 people were injured or killed in the shooting, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Here’s what we know about the lives lost:
Irina and Kevin McCarthy
Irina and Kevin McCarthy, who were killed in the shooting, are the parents of a toddler who was found alive, according to a family member.
Irina Colon, who was linked to Irina McCarthy, shared an undated photo with CNN of the couple at their Chicago wedding.
Colon said she was not at the parade and learned of the couple’s death from Irina McCarthy’s father. The couple’s 2-year-old son, Aiden, will now be cared for by family members, Colon said.
“At two years old, Aiden finds himself in an unthinkable position: growing up without his parents,” the campaign said. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving family and he will have a long road to travel to heal, find stability and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family. who will embrace him with love, and every means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
“On behalf of his family, and with their permission, I am establishing this fundraiser to support him and the caregivers who will be responsible for raising, caring for and supporting Aiden as he and his support system embark on on this unexpected journey,” he added. added.
The GoFundMe page had raised over $820,000 by Tuesday night.
North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe said in a statement that Sundheim was a lifelong devotee and staff member, having served as a preschool teacher and events coordinator.
“There are not enough words to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death and our sympathy for her family and loved ones,” the statement read. “We know you join us in deepest prayer that Jacki’s soul may be bound under the shelter of God’s wings and that her family will somehow find comfort and consolation in the in the midst of this boundless sorrow.”
A father of eight and grandfather of many, Nicolas Toledo had visited family in Highland Park from Mexico and was identified as a victim in Monday’s shooting, a Morelos state official told CNN. .
Mexican officials issued a press release identifying Toledo as Nicolas “N”, a customary practice in Mexico where authorities use “N” for any surname in official documents, under a human rights law. man and the protection of the privacy of victims.
“What was supposed to be a fun family day turned into a horrible nightmare for all of us,” wrote GoFundMe organizer and fellow granddaughter Xochil Toledo. “As a family, we are broken and numb.”
She described her grandfather as a “loving man” who was “creative, adventurous and funny”.
Six of Toledo’s eight children live in the United States, according to the statement from Mexican authorities. One was injured in the shooting alongside two other members of the Toledo family.
Stephen Straus, the 88-year-old identified by authorities as one of the victims, was full of life, his grandsons said.
“He was very active, he loved life,” 18-year-old Maxwell Straus told CNN. “He attended music festivals, loved going out and rode his bike until he was 80.”
He said his grandfather had recently mentioned he was going to the parade and was “very excited”.
When news of the shooting surfaced, Maxwell’s father became very concerned after Stephen Straus failed to pick up the phone. A few hours later, the hospital called to confirm his death.
“It was shocking, hard to imagine,” Maxwell Straus said.
Tobias Straus, 20, told CNN hearing the news of his grandfather’s death was “the worst thing you could imagine”.
“He had a lot of life left, he wasn’t ready to leave by any means,” said Tobias Straus. “It just doesn’t happen anywhere else, and I have no doubt that if America had better gun control, my grandfather would be alive.”
“The gun lobby and the American cultural cult of guns are deadly. They kill grandfathers,” he added.
Straus’ grandsons told CNN they had a close relationship with their grandfather and saw him almost every Sunday – for the usual family dinner.
What we know about the injured
A total of 26 patients were seen at Highland Park Hospital, said Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of NorthShore University Health System.
The patients ranged in age from 8 to 85, and four or five were children, Temple said. He said 19 of the 25 gunshot victims were treated and released. There were gunshot wounds to the extremities as well as more central parts of the bodies, he added.
Barbara Medina, 46, was injured in the shooting – not by gunfire, but by the stampede as parade-goers fled the area in an effort to escape Monday’s chaos.
Medina was marching in the parade holding a banner for Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) when she heard gunshots ring out, she told CNN. A sea of people rushed towards her, so she dropped the banner, grabbed her 7-year-old daughter Caroline and her scooter, and ran. Sadly, she was separated from her 12-year-old son and father in the mad rush to get away from the area.
Medina and her daughter fled into an alley but noticed her daughter slowing down behind her. She reached out to grab him and help him, but tripped over his scooter and fell hard on his left arm. She knew immediately it was broken, she said.
“I could see it was going the wrong way, and I had to kind of maneuver it back,” she said. “It was very painful.”
After reaching a stranger’s house, Medina learned that her son and father were safe and sheltering elsewhere. She borrowed a scarf and an ice pack and leaned her arm on pillows to ease the pain.
Hours later, Medina went to Skokie Hospital, a non-trauma facility, to have her arm checked and doctors diagnosed her with a broken proximal radius just below her elbow. She now has a cast from her fingertips to the top of her shoulder and expects to be in a cast for about 6-8 weeks.
Although her arm hurts, she is grateful that she and her family were not seriously injured.
“I’m more worried about the kids. I’m just grateful that we’re all safe,” she said. “It will be a long healing process.”
CNN’s Amanda Musa, Chris Boyette, Ana Melgar Zuniga, Fidel Gutierrez, Eric Levenson and David Williams contributed to this report.
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