Cassie Goldstein remembers his mother Katherine “Katie” Goldstein enjoying the 4th of July Parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Only one of them made it out alive.
Katie, 64, was one of seven people killed after Robert Crimo III, 22, fired shot after shot into the crowd at the holiday event near Chicago. More than three dozen people were injured.
Before the massacre began, Katie happily waved to the parade participants. Cassie told NBC News Lester Holt“Every tank that passed, she waved at them.”
When the shooter started firing, 22-year-old Cassie initially thought the noise was coming from firecrackers across the street. “Then I looked up and saw the shooter shooting at the children,” she recalls. “I told her she was a shooter and she had to run. So I started running with her and we were side by side.”
Cassie continued, “He shot her in the chest and she fell, and I knew she was dead, so I just told her I loved her, but I couldn’t stop. . He was always shooting everyone next to me.”