Victims of July 4th shooting at Highland Park named by heartbroken friends and relatives

The names of some of the six people murdered in the July 4th parade in Highland Park have emerged as the families and friends of the victims have spoken out about their ordeal after the massacre.

Among those killed when a rooftop gunman opened fire on families gathered below was Jacki Sundheim, a parishioner at North Shore Congregation Israel in neighboring Glencoe, the synagogue said on Monday. “There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our sadness at Jacki’s death and our condolences to her family and loved ones,” the synagogue wrote in an email to the congregation. “Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth have touched all of us, from her teaching at the Gates of Learning preschool to her guiding countless of us through life’s moments of joy and sorrow, all with tireless dedication,” she continued and added that Jacki outlived her husband and daughter.

Also among the dead was a Mexican great-grandfather who was visiting his family in Illinois. Nicolás Toledo, 78, was sitting on his walker and surrounded by his family when he was hit by the sniper on Monday.

“We all threw ourselves on the ground,” his daughter Josefina Toledo told The Daily Beast after the shooting. “My dad, as he’s having a hard time walking … he was sitting on his walker and was hit in the back and in the head.” The father of eight was killed instantly at the event, which his family traditionally attends every year . Josefina said one of her niece’s friends was also one of the dozens injured in the attack – he was in stable condition on Monday but was facing surgery to remove a bullet from near his lungs. “There is no longer a safe place,” added Josefina.

It seems that they were not the only family where several relatives were shot. The Chicago Teachers Union shared a link to a medical bill fundraiser Tuesday morning and said William Dever Elementary School teacher Zoe Kolpack and her husband, identified elsewhere as Stephen Kolpack, were injured in the attack. “They were with their two children who were unharmed,” the tweet said. The fundraiser’s creator, who called Zoe her “best friend,” added that the teacher’s father and brother-in-law were also affected. “They are all in the hospital undergoing various surgeries that will severely impact these families financially,” the fundraiser’s description reads. “I don’t want this to be another burden for them as they have many obstacles to overcome in the coming months.”

In addition to Sundheim and Toledo, four other deceased have yet to be identified. Doctors treating dozens of wounded at local hospitals said the victims ranged in age from 8 to 85. David Baum, a local doctor who attended the parade with his family, saw firsthand some of the devastating wounds when the shooting stopped.

“I saw horrible, devastating injuries, like you normally see in a war,” Baum told The Daily Beast on Monday, adding that the bodies of those killed “were literally blown up by these bullets.”

Local law enforcement arrested 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo about seven hours after the carnage began and named him a person of interest in connection with the shooting. Disturbing videos posted to the Illinois resident’s social media channels — where Crimo used the alias Awake the Rapper — are interspersed with violent imagery and fantasies of mass shootings, including an animation of a gunman being killed by cops.

NBC 5 reports that Crimo was identified by authorities thanks to a quick trace by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms using DNA collected from a rifle found at the scene of the attack. The outlet also claims that Crimo was dressed as a woman at some point on the day of the shooting, although it was not clear if this was still the case when he was taken into custody.

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