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Victims of Highland Park Parade Shooting: Here Are the Names of the 7 Victims Identified So Far

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Lake and Cook County officials have released the names of seven victims who were killed in Monday's mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade, that injured more than 40 people.

"It is with a heavy heart that I bring to you the names of the victims of that tragedy," Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said at a press conference late Tuesday afternoon.

Lake County Coroner has named six victims, and the Cook County Medical Examiner has named one.

Here are their names:

  • 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
  • 69-year-old Eduardo Uvaldo of Waukegan

More than $ 2 million as been raised so far for 2-year-old Aiden McCarthy, whose parents were both killed in Monday’s shooting in Highland Park.

"At 2 years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position: to grow up without his parents," Irina Colon, who set up the fundraiser, said. "He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows."

According to Colon, the community came together to locate McCarthy’s grandparents in the aftermath of the shooting, and the couple will help to raise him in the years ahead.

More than 40 others were wounded in the shooting, which occurred at 10:14 a.m. CT in the area of Central Avenue and 2nd Street in downtown Highland Park during the city's Fourth of July parade, authorities said.

The 21-year-old suspect who fired more than 70 rounds into the parade crowd was taken into custody Monday evening in Lake Forest, after a nearly eight-hour manhunt and brief police pursuit.

He appeared in court Wednesday morning, when his bond was denied.

"He does in fact pose a specific threat to community therefore defendant will be held without bond," the judge said of the suspect, during the hearing.

"I want to continue to emphasize that this is an ongoing and active investigation with all of our law enforcement partners," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said following the hearing.

"If anyone has any surveillance footage whatsoever of the July 4 Highland Park parade, we would urge them to contact the Highland Park Police Department."

The next hearing is scheduled for July 28 at 1:30 p.m.

The suspect faces seven counts of first-degree murder with many more criminal charges to come, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said Tuesday.

“These are just the first of many charges that will be filed against [the suspect]. Dozens more charges centered around each of the victims,” which Rinehart said included those struck by bullets and those that suffered psychological damage.

"I want to continue to emphasize that this is an ongoing and active investigation with all of our law enforcement partners," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said following the hearing.

"If anyone has any surveillance footage whatsoever of the July 4 Highland Park parade, we would urge them to contact the Highland Park Police Department."

The next hearing is scheduled for July 28 at 1:30 p.m.

The suspect faces seven counts of first-degree murder with many more criminal charges to come, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said Tuesday.

“These are just the first of many charges that will be filed against [the suspect]. Dozens more charges centered around each of the victims,” which Rinehart said included those struck by bullets and those that suffered psychological damage.

The seven counts announced Tuesday would, if convicted, carry a mandatory sentence of life without parole, Rinehart said.

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