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Highland Park massacre victims: Mother-of-two and uncle with ‘great humour’ among SEVEN dead

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: The death toll in the Highland Park shooting has risen to seven after another victim died of his injuries in hospital. Six of the seven victims have been identified, including Steve Straus, 88; Katherine Goldstein, 64; Jacki Sondheim, 63; Nicholas Toledo Zaragoza, 78; and husband and wife Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37. The McCarthys’ son Aiden, 2, was later found wandering bloodied and alone in the aftermath of the massacre. He was rescued by strangers who then handed him over to his grandparents.

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The names of the victims were released after a doctor at the scene rushed to help them. He later said he saw the victims with “war” and “unspeakable” wounds. Dr David Baum, a long-time Highland Park obstetrician, attended the parade with his wife and children while his two-year-old grandson performed.

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“The people who had left were blown away by those gunshots,” Baum recalled according to CNN. “The gruesome scene of some of these bodies is indescribable to the average person.” He added: “Having been a doctor, I’ve seen things in the ER, you know, you see a lot of blood. But the bodies were literally – some of the bodies – there was an evisceration wound because of the power of this gun and the bullets. There was another person who had an unspeakable head wound. Unspeakable.

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Here’s everything we know about the victims so far.

Steve Straus

Steve Straus, before being killed, was in “remarkably good health”, according to an article published on social networks by a relative. “Yesterday, the darkest day you could imagine, my uncle, my father’s brother, Steve Straus, was killed in the 4th of July Parade shooting in Highland Park. It was a tragic and senseless loss. Steve was 88 years old, in remarkably good health, and still went to work every day.He is an integral part of our family, a kind, sweet, gentle soul with great humor, intelligence and quick wit “, wrote Cynthia Straus.

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“He towered over our family like a protective oak tree sheltering his own. Follow The Sun Steve, on the other side of the veil. Only those who have left this world know what awaits them, and for me I can only say there are bells at Heaven’s Gate, they ring and cheer you on, for a life well lived and a soul well served. But, let’s be clear, NOBODY should die this way,” she added.

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Image: Cynthia Straus/Facebook

Catherine Goldstein

A social media post by an acquaintance of Katherine Goldstein said she was “a beautiful person with the kindest soul”. “I am heartbroken for you and can’t even begin to imagine your loss. And I have no words to express the grief and sorrow I feel for you, my friend Craig Goldstein, your two daughters and your family.”Katie” Katherine Goldstein, a devoted mother and wife, a beautiful person with the kindest soul who, at just 64, died in the horrific mass shooting during the 4th of July Parade in Highland Park, Ill,” Prudence Sam Grissom wrote on Facebook. Goldstein is survived by her husband Craig and her children Cassie and Alana.

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Jacki Sundheim

Jacki Sundheim, one of the victims, was a longtime teacher at the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue. Sundheim was the events and b’nei mitzvah coordinator for the Reform Synagogue. “Jacki was an NSCI devotee for decades and a cherished member of the NSCI team for decades,” the synagogue said in a statement. “Jacki’s hard work, kindness and warmth touched us all.” She is survived by her husband Bruce and her daughter Leah.

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Nicholas Toledo

Nicolas Toledo was a grandfather from Mexico and was shot in the head while sitting in his wheelchair. His granddaughter told The New York Times that he said he didn’t want to attend the parade. He finally agreed after his family insisted on going. Toledo was a Mexican national who held dual citizenship in Mexico and the United States. He had returned to Highland Park a few months earlier. “We were all in shock,” said Toledo’s granddaughter, Xochil Toledo. “We thought it was part of the parade. Then we realized our grandfather had been hit. We saw blood and everything splashed on us.”

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“We brought him here so he could have a better life,” Xochil added. “His sons wanted to take care of him and be more present in his life, and then this tragedy happened.” Toledo’s daughter, Josefina Toledo, told The Daily Beast: “We all threw ourselves on the ground. My dad, as he has trouble walking…he was sitting on his walker and he was hit in the back and in the head.”

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Irina and Kevin McCarthy

Irina and Kevin McCarthy died in the shooting, leaving behind their two-year-old son Aiden McCarthy. Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend found Aiden after hearing gunshots as they walked to the Walker Bros restaurant for breakfast. He then found his grandparents.

Irina and Kevin McCarthy died in the shooting, leaving behind their two-year-old son, Aiden McCarthy (GoFundMe)

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Other survivors include Dever Primary School teacher Zoe Kolpack and Eduardo Uvaldo, who was reportedly shot first in the arm and then in the back of the head. Uvaldo’s family said he was in critical condition. A GoFundMe setup for Zoe Kolpack has raised $223,800 to date, and another setup for Eduardo Uvaldo has raised $43,171.

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People add strips of fabric with names and phrases commemorating the victims during a vigil near the scene of the mass shooting (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder for a “premeditated and calculated attack”, prosecutors said. Robert E “Bobby” Crimo III faces life in prison. He was charged with seven counts of murder, one “In the courtroom, we are going to seek the maximum sentence against this offender, not because we are seeking revenge, but because justice and the healing process l ‘demand,” Rinehart said.

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Crimo is scheduled to be arraigned at the Lake County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, July 6. Rinehart confirmed that he would ask the judge to hold Primo without the possibility of bail.

Robert Crimo has been charged with seven counts of first degree murder (FBI)

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