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Update: Moment of Silence, FAC Update, #HPStrong

Moment of Silence

On Monday, July 11 at 10:14 AM, we ask the community to mark the one-week anniversary with a two-minute moment of silence. Area churches are requested to mark the moment by tolling their bells seven times in memory of the victims of this tragedy. Many thanks to the participating churches for honoring the lives that were lost:

Katherine Goldstein of Highland Park
Irina McCarthy of Highland Park
Kevin McCarthy of Highland Park
Jacquelyn Sundheim of Highland Park
Stephen Straus of Highland Park
Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza of Morelos, Mexico
Eduardo Uvaldo of Waukegan


Remembrance & Gratitude

On Monday, July 4, we gathered together in the heart of our community to celebrate our nation's independence for the first time in two years. The Highland Park 4th of July Parade welcomes guests from all over our region to celebrate with Highland Park and Highwood residents and business owners. From the streamers and pinwheels at the children's bike and pet parade to the row of American flags lining beautiful Central Avenue, our community is part of treasured family traditions for Highland Parkers and neighbors throughout the North Shore. 

In little more than a few minutes, seven souls were lost and all of our lives were forever changed. We are heartbroken for all that was lost that day, and most especially share in the grief of the families mourning the loss of a loved one. We stand in solidarity with the victims who are recovering from injuries, and we will do whatever we can to help all survivors in healing from this trauma.

To our government partners, especially our friends at the Park District of Highland Park with whom we co-present the 4th of July Parade, we thank you for your support and treasure the opportunity to serve this wonderful community alongside you. To our federal, state, and county agencies and numerous area municipalities who continue to provide us support and assistance, our heartfelt thanks. To our CERT volunteers who provided emergency response and medical response during the incident, we are inspired by your bravery and dedication to service. To our neighbors in Highwood, we are one community, stronger together and forever intertwined. To our non-profit, advocacy, and faith-based organizations, thank you for sharing your gifts of hope and purpose. To the generous individuals who have so thoughtfully remembered our first responders, we thank you. And to all of you, our neighbors, business owners, and friends, we are all honored to be part of this wonderful town you call home.

As a City, we have experienced a profound sense of gratitude for all those who have come together to support us, from artists creating inspiring chalk art to musicians writing songs, neighbors organizing meal trains and advocates planning vigils to businesses from Highland Park and beyond donating food and strangers lending a shoulder to cry on.

Together, we will travel the difficult path of healing, honor the memory of those who were killed, and extend each other grace and empathy as we navigate this unchartered territory. Together, we are Highland Park Strong.

FBI Victim Assistance Center at Highland Park High School

The FBI's Family Assistance Center (FAC) at Highland Park High School offers support services and crisis assistance including counseling and mental health services, spiritual care, and financial assistance if needed. The FAC will be open Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Our next update will include continued victim support and property recovery services information. Representatives from multiple community organizations are working together to continue to provide as much information and access to services as possible. Please bookmark for updates.

Anyone directly impacted by the events at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade may benefit from support services. Victims include not just those who are physically injured, but also those who may be experiencing emotional distress as a result of the incident. All affected individuals and families should feel safe accessing support services at the FAC and agencies available on, regardless of immigration status.

Click here for more information in English.
Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español.

Learn more about available support in English & Spanish. The City greatly appreciates the partnership of the FBI and School District 113 in providing these essential services to our community. 


Many organizations have provided aid and support as we grieve and recover. Crisis Counseling, donations, volunteering, agencies, public updates, community vigils, and more are all available for you. We will be adding resources, updates, and other information at As we continue to bring more resources and enhance services for all, we will share more information. Our work continues because our community continues to heal. We are #HPStrong. 

Beginning next week, information will be available with an inline translation in Spanish. Para leer este correo electrónico en Español, haga clic aquí y luego presione el botón azul en la parte superior de la página.

July 13: Community Vigil

On Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 PM City of Highland Park will host a vigil at City Hall (1707 St. Johns Ave.) for the community to gather together and honor the memory of the victims. 

El Miércoles 13 de Julio a las 7:00 PM, la Ciudad de Highland Park organizará una vigilia en el Ayuntamiento (1707 St. Johns Avenue) para que la comunidad se reúna y honre la memoria de las víctimas del 4 de Julio.

Donating Blood

Thank you for your incredible response to the City's blood drive scheduled for July 12 at the Highland Park Country Club. All appointments have been filled.

The need for blood donations continues. Appointments may be available via NorthShore University HealthSystem. Learn more.