Highland Park shooting victims: Parents of 2-year-old boy are among those killed
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 will 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 in him, 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 have a close relationship with their grandfather and will see him almost every Sunday – for the usual family dinner.
Another man fighting for his life
Eduardo Uvaldo, a 69-year-old man who was shot, was no longer on life support and was fighting for his life in Evanston Hospital, his daughter told CNN on Tuesday.
“The doctors said there was nothing they could do,” Karina Uvaldo-Mendez said, but added that her father was still breathing on his own. “We need everyone to keep us in their prayers.”
Uvaldo-Mendez told CNN his mother was hit by bullet fragments in the forehead and hand and added that while she was physically fine, “emotionally she is distraught.”
Eduardo Uvaldo and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a few months ago, his daughter said, adding that “his four daughters and my mother were everything to him”.
Uvaldo-Mendez described her father as a hard worker: every once in a while he liked to remind his daughters that he had worked for 30 years and never missed a day, she said .
He tended to avoid parades because he doesn’t like crowds, she said – but he loved the one in Highland Park and it was the only one he attended each year.
He will turn 70 on Friday, his daughter announced.
Another facility, Highland Park Hospital, received 26 patients, 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.
Barbara Medina, 46, was also injured – not by gunfire, but by the stampede as people fled the area in a bid to escape the chaos.
Medina was marching in the parade when she heard gunshots, she told CNN. A sea of people rushed towards her, so she dropped a banner she was holding, grabbed her 7-year-old daughter and her scooter and ran. She was separated from her 12-year-old son and his father.
At one point, Medina tripped over her scooter and fell on her left arm. It wasn’t until hours later – and after she got to safety with her daughter and learned that her son and father were also safe – that Medina went to a medical facility. and was diagnosed with a proximal radius fracture.
“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.