Highland Park Fourth of July parade shooters identified: Who were they?

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Authorities in the Chicago suburb, where seven people were killed while attending a parade on July 4 by an armed man armed with a rifle, identified six of the victims on Tuesday, including a couple who were the parents of a 2-year-old child .

The six victims ranged in age from 35 to 88 years old, Lake County forensic scientist Jennifer Banek said during a news conference. No details were released about the last victim, who died at a hospital outside Lake County.

The suspected shooter, Robert Crimo, 22, was arrested and has been charged with seven counts of murder with several charges pending.

Below are the names of the victims.

LOST ARRESTED IN ILLINOIS FOURTH JULY PARADE SHOOTER KILLING 7 PEOPLE

Jacki Sundheim, 63, Highland Park, Illinois.

Jacki Sundheim, a devoted Jewish synagogue participant, was identified by the synagogue she attended.

“It is with immense sorrow that we tell you that our beloved Jacki Sundheim was one of the victims murdered today at the Highland Park Parade,” the North Shore Congregation Israel said in a statement.

The synagogue described Sundheim as a “lifelong assembly of NSCI and a valued member of NSCI’s staff team for decades,” Fox Chicago reported.

“Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth touched us all,” NSCI added. “From her early days teaching at the Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding countless of us through life’s moments of joy and sorrow as our event and B’nei Mitzvah coordinator – all this with tireless dedication. There are no words enough to express the depth of our grief over Jacki’s death and sympathy for her family and loved ones. “

She is survived by her husband, Bruce, and daughter Leah, the Times of Israel reported.

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, Morelos, Mexico

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza was identified by his family, the news media said. He initially did not want to attend the parade due to concerns about his health. His grandson, Xochil Toledo, 23, said he was the reason his loved ones survived.

“He was the one who saved all our lives. It would have gone to me, my boyfriend or my cousins,” she said.

“We were crying. We could not believe everything that had happened. We could not breathe,” she added.

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza is seen with his family.  Toledo-Zaragoza is one of seven victims of the deadly Highland Park Shooting that took place on July 4, 2022.

Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza is seen with his family. Toledo-Zaragoza is one of seven victims of the deadly Highland Park Shooting that took place on July 4, 2022.
(Fox 32 Chicago via GoFundMe)

Her boyfriend was also shot, but survived. Toledo spent most of his life in Mexico, but came to Illinois to visit his family two months ago. They wanted him to stay because of the injuries he sustained after being hit by a car in Highland Park several years ago.

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

Irina and Kevin McCarthy were parents to a little boy when they were killed. The boy will now be raised by his grandparents, according to a GoFundMe for the family.

The toddler was reportedly found by strangers in the wake of the shooting.

Jaguar Gene Therapy told employees in an email that Kevin McCarthy was among the victims in Monday’s shooting, WMAQ-TV reported. He was remembered as a star employee with an “incredible work ethic.”

Parents, Kevin and Irina McCarthy were two of the seven victims tragically killed in the Highland Park shooting.

Parents, Kevin and Irina McCarthy were two of the seven victims tragically killed in the Highland Park shooting.
(Fox 32 Chicago via GoFundMe)

“Outside of work, he was a very proud father and devoted man who adored his family,” Nolan wrote. “We will miss him immensely.”

Angela Vella, wrote on Facebook that she was filled with “incredible sadness” and that she knew Irina in middle school.

“My stomach is in knots. I can not believe this has happened. Irina was such a funny person with a real soul,” she wrote. “We were in the same ‘clique’ and kept in touch when she switched to Stevenson High School after briefly attending HPHS.”

Katherine Goldstein, 64, Highland Park, Illinois

Katherine Goldstein was shot and killed during the festival.

Stephen Straus, 88, Highland Park, Illinois

Stephen Straus loved the art and was an avid reader and “culture seeker,” his family told the Chicago Tribune. Still energetic, Straus commuted five days each week to his office, where he worked as a stockbroker, the newspaper said.

“My father was just very much a Highland Parker,” said his son Peter Straus. “He lived here, and unfortunately he died here.”

In a photo via Facebook, Stephen Straus' niece remembers her uncle as one  "sweet and gentle soul."

In a photo via Facebook, Stephen Straus’ niece remembers her uncle as a “sweet and gentle soul”.
(Cynthia Straus / Facebook)

Staus leaves behind a wife, Linda, of almost 60 years, two sons and four grandchildren. Peter Straus said his father went to the Highland Park July 4 parade every year,

“I called him yesterday just to wish him a happy Fourth of July and he did not answer, which I did not make much of. And then news started coming in of a shooting in Highland Park,” he said.

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