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What We Know About the Victims in the Illinois Parade Mass Shooting

A gunman opened fire from a rooftop along the parade route, killing at least six people and "seriously" wounding more than three dozen others

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Details are beginning to emerge about the victims killed and wounded in the mass shooting at the Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

A gunman opened fire from a rooftop along the parade route, killing at least seven people and wounding more than three dozen others. A suspect is facing first-degree murder charges.

Here's what we know so far about the victims. (For the latest developments on what happened, click here.)

Full List of Victims Identified

The Lake County Coroner's office on Tuesday released the names of six out of seven people killed in the shooting. They include:

  • 64-year-old Katherine Goldstein of Highland Park
  • 35-year-old Irina McCarthy of Highland Park
  • 37-year-old Kevin McCarthy of Highland Park
  • 63-year-old Jacquelyn Sundheim of Highland Park
  • 88-year-old Stephen Straus of Highland Park
  • 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza of Morelos, Mexico

A seventh person died at a hospital in Evanston Tuesday, but Banek said she did not have their identity since they were not in Lake County at the time of their death.

Nicolas Toledo

Nicolas Toledo, 78, was identified as one of the victims fatally shot in Highland Park's mass shooting.

His son, Alejo Toledo, confirmed he was killed in the shooting. His granddaughter also posted that her grandfather was among the fatalities.

"Please hold your family tight and appreciate every moment with your loved ones," Kimberly Rangel wrote on Facebook.

Another granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, who was with her family at the parade, told the Chicago Sun-Times her grandfather had only gone to the parade because his family didn't want to leave him at home alone.

She said he was "happy" watching the parade go by before gunshots rang out and he was shot three times, telling the publication he "was the one who saved all of our lives."

Xochil Toledo reported her father tried to shield her grandfather and was shot in the arm. Her boyfriend was also shot in the back.

"What was suppose to be a fun family day turned into a horrific nightmare for us all," Xochil Toledo wrote on a GoFundMe page. "Not only was Nicolas a loving man, creative, adventurous and funny. As a family we are broken, and numb. Our condolences go out to all the other families who lost a love one today. But today Nicolas is our guardian angel."

Nicolas Toledo was a father to eight and "grandfather to many," she wrote. According to the Sun-Times, he had come to Illinois to visit his family about two months ago, but stayed because of injuries he had suffered after being hit by a car a couple years ago in Highland Park.

Jacki Sundheim

Jacki Sundheim was also identified among the victims.

Her synagogue, North Shore Congregation Israel, said she was a "cherished member" of their staff for decades, writing "there are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death and sympathy for her family and loved ones."

"It is with immeasurable sadness that we let you know that our beloved Jacki Sundheim was one of the victims murdered today at the Highland Park Parade," NSCI wrote on its website. "Jacki was a lifelong congregant of NSCI and a cherished member of NSCI’s staff team for decades. Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth touched us all, from her early days teaching at the Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding innumerable among us through life’s moments of joy and sorrow as our Events and B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator -- all of this with tireless dedication."

Kevin and Irina McCarthy

Husband and wife Kevin and Irina McCarthy, both of Highland Park, were identified among the victims killed in the mass shooting during the Fourth of July parade, the Lake County Coroner's office confirmed.

Joe Nolan, the chief executive officer of Jaguar Gene Therapy, confirmed in an email to employees that Kevin McCarthy, who worked with the company, was among the victims.

Nolan said the couple's 2-year-old son was "unharmed and is safely in the care of his grandparents."

Kevin McCarthy was remembered as a "star employee" with an "incredible work ethic."

"Outside of work he was a very proud dad and devoted husband who adored his family," Nolan wrote. "We will miss him tremendously."

Wounded Victims

Doctors from NorthShore Highland Park Hospital said 25 of their patients "sustained gunshot wound injuries." Nineteen patients were treated and discharged. Ages of patients range between 8 and 85 years old. As many as five of the victims are kids.

NorthShore University HealthSystem confirmed just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday that a total of 38 people sought treatment from their hospitals following the shooting. By Tuesday morning, eight patients were still receiving treatment. The hospital had no updates on their conditions.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest confirmed around 8 a.m. Tuesday that their hospital also treated nine patients, five of which were discharged Monday. Six of the nine people suffered gunshot-related wounds while three suffered fall-related injuries. The gunshot victims were all adults, the hospital said, but the ages of the others weren't immediately known. All were listed in fair to good condition, according to Chief of Media Relations Chris King.

The Chicago Teachers Union reports Dever Elementary teacher Zoe Kolpack and her husband were among the victims wounded in the shooting. "They were with their two children, who were unharmed," the union wrote while sharing a fundraising page for the family.

Bystanders captured the moment shots were fired at the Highland Park, Illinois Fourth of July parade on TikTok.
Bystanders captured the moment shots were fired at the Highland Park, Illinois Fourth of July parade on TikTok.

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