What is usually an optimistic Wednesday night market in Highwood was transformed into a candlelight as the city showed its support for those affected by Monday’s mass shooting during the Fourth of July parade in nearby Highland Park.
The vigil began around noon. 18.30 in Everts Park, 111 North Ave., where neighbors tore up strips of orange fabric, the shadow signifying awareness of gun violence, and tied them side by side along a long piece of black fabric that hung like a clothesline. from one tree to another.
On a table, they placed a white banner with the word “NOG” stenciled in a drawing of a ball, and the orange and black strips of fabric danced in the wind behind.
Groups of lawn chairs were set up on the grass on the windy, cloudy evening when white flowers were handed out.
Under a pink heart, a message with chalk “Love will triumph” next to “HP Strong”.
A poster read: “Highwood Strong – We Stand With – HP Strong” next to the participants handing out candles.
Neighbors hugged and gathered in small circles around the park to talk, a mix of conversations in Spanish and English.
Penny Facchini and her daughter Renee Facchini from Highland Park wanted to show solidarity.
“Many of the victims were also from Highwood,” Renee Facchini said. “Highwoodans take to the Highland Park Parade.”
Penny Facchini said they consider Highwood and Highland Park to be one community.
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“We came here specifically because we feel more of a kinship with Highwood,” she said.
Penny is a third-generation resident of Highland Park and her fourth-generation daughter is working to close a home nearby, she said.
When they lived there for so long, they said they know many of the victims who were killed and wounded, and know the shooter’s family as well as first aiders.
“I do not think people understand how small a society we really are,” said Renee Facchini.
While they have been to the Fourth of July parade in recent years, Facchini’s parade skipped over on Monday, Penny said, calling it a “congratulations.”
The Facchinis said it is important to come together to heal.
“We are here because we are deeply saddened that this has happened here,” Renee said. “But of course it has happened here too. Right? What city in America is safe from gun violence right now? “