Wednesday evening, the city of Highland Park will hold a vigil on the lawn of City Hall to remember and honor the seven victims who were killed after an alleged gunman fired more than 70 rounds into the crowd during the city's Fourth of July Parade.
At least 40 others were injured by gunshots, some of them seriously, including 8-year-old Cooper Roberts who remains in critical condition and paralyzed from the waist down after a bullet the assault-style rifle used severed his spinal cord.
The city-led vigil is set to include remarks from Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, a candle lighting ceremony, musical interlude by the Pipes & Drums of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments, and remarks from faith leaders.
The vigil is set to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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If you are able to attend in-person, here are the details:
Where: Lawn of Highland park City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave
When: While music may begin around 6:30 pm., remarks are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13
Here's where you can find some other local ways to help, or find services that you need.
Highland Park Community Fund
To help those directly impacted by the mass shooting in Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation has established a July 4th Highland Park Shooting Response Fund.
According to the city, "All contributions to the Response Fund will go directly to victims and survivors or the organizations that support them."
This fund was started by families affected by previous mass shootings have started this fund. According to VictimsFirst, 100% of what is collected goes directly towards the victims.
Upcoming Vigils and Gatherings
- City-led vigil, City Hall, Highland Park, 1707 St. John's Ave., 6:30 p.m.
North Shore Hospital Systems
As victims were transported to several hospitals in the area, including Highland Park Hospital and Evanston Hospital, North Shore Hospitals is asking those interested in donating blood to make an appointment.
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Donations, Community Support, Therapy Animals, Meals, Auctions and More
A makeshift memorials with flowers has begun to take shape across the streets of downtown Highland Park near Port Clinton Square, as well as in Highwood at Everts Park. All are welcome to lay flowers.
Pet, hug, and talk to one of the miniature therapy horses visiting the Highland Park Library from 1-2 p.m Wednesday. "The horses are trained to be gentle and friendly, providing comfort, affection, and stress relief," organizers said.
Nonprofit Lasagna Love, a grassroots organization of "neighbors cooking for neighbors can "cook and deliver a free lasagna to anyone who needs one." Here's how to help.
A nonprofit organization providing brand new stuffed animals to children in crisis. Monetary contributions may be made here.
Highland Park Yard Signs are available for purchase through the city of Highland Park, with funds going directly to victims and survivors.
Mental Health Resourcess
An organization that provides support during times of grief. Several upcoming workshops are scheduled for all ages.
District 113 Drop-in Counseling
District 113, along the American Red Cross and the FBI Victim Services Response Team will be providing drop-in counseling at Highland Park High School through July 15 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The JCFS Chicago Warm Line phone connection is available to provide assistance for anyone affected by the Highland Park shooting who does not have an urgent need and is looking for someone to talk to about their emotional distress. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 855-275-5237
JCFS is also offering free, drop-in counseling sessions at the Bernard Weinger JCC at 300 Revere Dr. in Northbrook are available Monday through Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Fridays from 2-4 p.m.
Highland Park residents can text 224Help to 844-823-5323 to receive immediate assistance from a licensed mental health care professional, 24/7.
Family Service of Lake County
A walk-in trauma center for free 30 minute appointments. Walk-ins accepted 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Call 847-432-4981 for more.
Highwood Public Library
Supportive mental health services, support groups and individual therapy free of charge. Appointments are available from 3 p.m - 7 p.m.
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