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Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago


A gunman fired into the 4th of July festivities from a rooftop in Highland Park with a high-powered rifle, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more.

He escaped after the shooting in suburban Chicago and traveled to Madison, Wis., where he contemplated but did not carry out another attack, officials said. Later, he was arrested in his car.

He was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, according to Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart.

Here are brief profiles of the deceased women and men:

Katherine Goldstein, 64, Highland Park

Katie Goldstein

Katie Goldstein was at the parade with her daughter Cassie Goldstein, who told NBC Nightly News she at first thought the shots were fireworks. But then she looked up and saw the shooter shooting the children.

“And I told her it was a shooter and she had to get away,” Cassie Goldstein said.

They both ran side by side, but her mother was shot in the chest and fell, Cassie Goldstein 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’s house.

Katie Goldstein had been mourning the recent death of her mother and wanted to have fun when she decided to attend the holiday parade, Cassie Goldstein has claimed.

The day before they had gone to the botanical garden, bought Dairy Queen and gone to the movies. On the day of the parade, “My mom was waving at the floats as they passed,” Cassie Goldstein said. “She was having a good time.”

“And I had 22 years with the best mom in the world,” Cassie Goldstein said. “I did everything with her. She was my best friend.”

Katie Goldstein’s husband Craig told NBC Nightly News, “I can’t believe how many best friends Katie has.”

“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.

Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park

Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago

Irina and Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy died protecting his 2-year-old son, Aiden, according to McCarthy’s stepfather, Michael Levberg.

“He had Aiden under his body when he was shot,” Levberg, Irina McCarthy’s father, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The child was found alive and alone on the parade route and is now safe with loved ones. When they were gathered at the police station, he asked, “’Are mum and dad coming soon?’ said Levberg. “He does not understand.”

Kevin McCarthy is remembered as a “star employee” with an “incredible work ethic,” said Joe Nolan, managing director of Jaguar Gene Therapy, where McCarthy worked.

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

Irina McCarthy’s childhood friend Angela Vella described her as fun, lovable and “a bit of a tomboy” who always liked to dress up.

The couple were graduates of DePaul University in Chicago, according to DePaul spokesman Russell Dorn. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2009. Her husband earned the same degree two years later.

“They were crazy about their child,” Levberg told the newspaper. “They were planning two.”

Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park

Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago

Etienne Straus

Stephen Straus, 88, was a financial adviser who commuted to his downtown Chicago office five days a week, his relatives told the Chicago Tribune.

The family patriarch, he was “curious about the world”, said his son Peter Straus.

He enjoyed painting as a hobby and visiting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute of Chicago.

He is survived by his wife Linda, his children Jonathan and Peter and four grandchildren.

Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park

Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago

A former kindergarten teacher and member of North Shore Congregation Israel, Jacki Sundheim was praised for her “tireless dedication” in a statement from 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,” read the statement from the synagogue, which is in nearby Glencoe.

His friend, Sherri Goodman, told NBC Chicago that Sundheim helped plan the bat mitzvahs for Goodman’s three daughters.

“Always with a smile, a hug, a band-aid,” Goodman said.

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 88, from Highland Park and Morelos, Mexico

Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, attended the July 4 parade in Highland Park only because his family didn’t want to leave him home alone,

He was using a walker and worried about the crowds, said his granddaughter, Xochil Toledo. Toledo described him as loving, creative, adventurous and funny.

She remembers watching her grandfather, who was sitting among his family, as a group passed them.

“He was so happy,” she said. “Happy to live in the present moment.”

They didn’t realize someone had opened fire on the crowd until the bullets started coming their way. Three hit her grandfather, killing him instantly, she said.

Toledo-Zaragoza came from Mexico to Illinois to visit family about two months ago, but stayed because of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car a few months ago. years during a previous stay at Highland Park. The family wanted him to stay permanently.

His grandfather had a big smile and bright blue eyes that stood out, Xochil Toledo said. He had eight children, most of them in the United States and some in Mexico.

He preferred a home-cooked meal to eating out, enjoyed fishing and enjoyed walking in Highland Park, Toledo said.

“He never wanted to be inside. He always wanted to be outside,” she said.

“He was a lovely, caring grandfather,” she said. “He only wanted the best for his children and his children.”

Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, of Waukegan

Died along the 4th of July parade route.  Here are the victims of Highland Park – NBC Chicago

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Eduardo Uvaldo

Eduardo Uvaldo was taken to Evanston Hospital after Monday’s shooting but was later pronounced dead.

Uvaldo attended the parade with his wife and other family members ahead of his 70th birthday on Friday July 8. His wife and grandson were also injured but have since been released from hospital, according to NBC Chicago.

His daughter Susanna said he was a kind and loving man.

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