Fourth of July parade funeral ends with tribute to slain father | Chicago News


Wet flowers are seen on a rainy day at a memorial to the seven people killed and others injured in the July 4 mass shooting at the Highland Park War Memorial, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois ( AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A funeral service was held Monday afternoon for the last of seven people killed by a gunman during an Independence Day parade, as family and friends gathered. gathered in the suburbs of Chicago to remember Kevin McCarthy.

Attendees at McCarthy’s funeral filled nearby parking lots before heading to Skokie’s funeral home. Unlike last week’s services for McCarthy’s wife, Irina, the services were not broadcast live.

In an obituary, the 37-year-old was described as a father, husband, brother, uncle and son who “brought pleasure to every situation”.

The couple were killed during the parade in nearby Highland Park. They left behind a 2-year-old son, Aiden, whose story inspired thousands to donate money for the orphaned boy. In total, an online fundraiser raised more than $3.2 million for the boy.

“Kevin’s irrepressible zest for life, his family and friends will always stay with us,” his family wrote in the obituary. “We love you.”

Services for the other five victims have been held since the shooting. They have been identified as: Katherine Goldstein, 64, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, Stephen Straus, 88 and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69.

Prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III with seven counts of murder and said they plan to bring attempted murder charges representing those injured in the attack.

Also on Monday, the family of Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury in the shooting, said in a statement that the boy remains in critical condition but is making “full progress.” ‘hope”.

According to the statement, the boy is no longer on a ventilator, but is breathing on his own. And the boy took his first brief wheelchair ride over the weekend.


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