Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

A synagogue teacher, a Mexican grandfather, and the parents of a two-year-old found wandering alone are among the seven victims of the deadly Chicago Fourth of July mass shooting.

Parents Irina McCarthy, 35, and Kevin McCarthy, 37, were killed when a rooftop sniper fired on the US national holiday celebrations.

Their toddler, Aiden, was separated from his parents in the ensuing chaos.

He was found wandering the street, bloodied and alone, by police.

Aiden’s photo was shared across Chicago-area social media groups in the hours after the shooting, accompanied by pleas to help identify the two-year-old.

He was reunited with his grandparents that evening, who will raise the boy.


“He will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan,” said Irina Colon, who organized a GoFundMe page to support the family.

Another victim was Nicolas Toledo, 78, visiting from Mexico when he was shot at the parade alongside relatives, some of whom were wounded but expected to survive, according to local media.


Jacki Sundheim, 63, a teacher at a Highland Park synagogue, also was killed, leaving behind a husband and daughter.

“Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth touched us all,” synagogue leaders wrote in a message on their website.

“There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death and sympathy for her family and loved ones.”

Katherine Goldstein, 64, was a mother of two daughters in their early 20s, Cassie and Alana.

She attended the parade with her older daughter so that Cassie could reunite with friends from high school, her husband Craig told the New York Times.

Dr Goldstein said his wife had recently lost her mother and had given thought to what kind of arrangements she might want when she dies.

He said Ms Goldstein, an avid bird watcher, wanted to be cremated and to have her remains scattered in the Montrose Beach area of ​​Chicago, where there is a bird sanctuary.

Stephen Straus, 88, was a Chicago financial adviser, and one of the first observers at the parade, an annual tradition, his grandchildren said.

A young man and woman crouch by some flowers.  The man covers his face in anguish
Relatives of Stephen Strauss, Brooke and Matt, who were married the day before the shooting, set down their wedding bouquets in memorial.(AP: Charles Rex Arbogast)

Brothers Maxwell and Tobias Straus described their grandfather as a kind and active man who loved walking, biking and attending community events.

“The way he lived life, you’d think he was still middle-aged,” Maxwell Straus said.

Officials have not yet identified the seventh victim.

Thirty-nine people were taken to hospital, ranging in age from 14 to in their 70s.

Nine people remained hospitalized, where a 69-year-old man remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound.

AP / Reuters

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