Yesterday we received the names of the individuals murdered in the July 4 shooting that shook our community to its core.
We will forever remember these innocent victims murdered by gun violence. May their memory be a blessing.
Katherine Goldstein (64) of Highland Park
Irina McCarthy (35) of Highland Park
Kevin McCarthy (37) of Highland Park
Jacquelyn Sundheim (63) of Highland Park
Stephen Straus (88) of Highland Park
Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza (78) of Morelos, Mexico
A seventh victim who succumbed to injuries within Cook County. Further information is not available at this time.
I am reaching out to the victim's families and will be joining them as they mourn. I will stand with them, attending their funerals and offering the community’s sympathy and support.
Yesterday Vice President Kamala Harris stood at the site of the shooting, in our beloved downtown. She shared her support and condolences, and offered continued Federal resources. She brought a message of hope and strength.
There is no roadmap that tells us what to do next, but we cannot allow this shooting to define us. Today as we begin a new day -- we do so with a renewed sense of resolve and purpose.
Each day, we will find the strength to take a step forward. No single action will heal us, but many small steps, taken together as a community will help, and each of us has a role in the healing process. Kindness matters and small actions that you take every day will help us heal. Check on your neighbors, reach out with a kind word or supportive action, continue to check the City’s website and emails for updates, resources, and other information. We want you to be in touch and connected.
We will get through this together. We will move forward together. We are Highland Park strong. These are not just words on a page, these are words to live by.