Cooper Roberts, the 9-year-old paralyzed from the waist down in the 4th of July Parade shootout in Highland Park last year, threw the first pitch during Monday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and his team favorite, the Milwaukee Brewers, who have shown their support since shortly after the tragedy.
Surrounded by his family and other invited members of the Highland Park community who were affected by the incident, Cooper was the star attraction at home plate when outfielder Christian Yelich, his favorite player, slipped in next to the entourage and surprised him.
With the help of his brother, Luke, who was hit by shrapnel the day of the shooting, Cooper was pushed 30 feet between the pitcher’s mound and home plate, where Yelich crouched down to catch to throw it. Cooper threw a perfect shot off a rebound.
Highland Park marked a year since seven people were killed and a dozen others were injured in the Independence Day parade shooting. Dark anniversary events include a morning ceremony, community walk, picnic and concert. See photos of the day’s events, captured by Tribune photographers, around Highland Park.
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