Shooting at Highland Park: Tributes paid to victims of 4 July attack near Chicago

After a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on families participating in a Fourth of July parade in the suburb of Highland Park, a suspect has been taken into custody by police.

Nicolas Toledo, one of the victims, was characterized by his granddaughter as a “loving” and “adventurous” man. Nicolas Toledo was 78 years old.

He was shot while seated in his wheelchair and watching the parade.

On GoFundMe, granddaughter Xochil Toledo wrote, “What was intended to be a joyful family day turned into a dreadful nightmare for us all.”

“We are a broken, numb family. We offer our condolences to all the other families who today lost a loved one.”

She added Mr. Toledo was the grandfather of many and the father of eight children.

The family said that two additional individuals were struck as well, but they did not sustain major injuries.

Another of Mr. Toledo’s grandchildren, Kimberly Rangel, said in an interview with CBS: “We’re all really shattered inside.

She advised people to “keep your family close while you can, while you still have them.”

Ms. Rangel noted that Mr. Toledo enjoyed painting, going for walks in parks, and fishing.

Additionally, Jacki Sundheim, 63, a “beloved” employee at her neighborhood synagogue, North Shore Congregation Israel, has received tributes.

In a statement, the synagogue said, “There are no words to adequately express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s passing and sympathy for her family and loved ones.”

The statement continued, “Jacki’s work, generosity, and warmth affected us all, from her teaching at the Gates of Learning Preschool to her counseling countless others through life’s joys and sorrows… all of this with tireless dedication.

According to the synagogue, Ms. Sundheim was survived by her daughter and husband.

So far, four additional victims have been located. They are Stephen Straus, 88, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Katherine Goldstein, 64.

The victims who could be located were all Highland Park locals. Mexican nationality made up one of the deceased, according to the foreign ministry.

It wasn’t immediately obvious if Mr. Toledo, who held dual US and Mexican citizenship, was the person in question.

The incident on Monday was first thought to have left six dead, but a seventh victim succumbed to their wounds on Tuesday, according to CBS News, a US partner of the BBC.

Additionally, the gunshot injured about 30 persons.

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