On July 4, Highland Park became the latest community to be torn apart by gun violence in the US when what should have been family-friendly Independence Day celebrations turned into carnage.
Local residents, families and friends had gathered to enjoy the July 4 parade in the city of Illinois when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd from a sniper position on the roof of a nearby business.
Six people were killed in the attack, while 38 others were taken to hospitals, several of whom had gunshot wounds.
Of the six victims, five adults died on the spot.
The sixth succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital. It is currently unclear whether this victim was an adult or a child.
As of Tuesday morning, eight of the surviving victims were still in hospital with currently unknown circumstances.
The first details are beginning to emerge about the victims who died in the massacre. Here’s what we know about the victims so far:
The family of 76-year-old grandfather Nicholas Toledo confirmed his death on Monday afternoon.
The elderly man, who has dual American and Mexican nationality, was using a wheelchair and was sitting in it watching the parade when he was struck by bullets.
Mr. Toledo’s granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, revealed that her grandfather did not want to go to the parade, but that he did so to be with his family.
She told the New York Post that about a dozen of their relatives went to the festivities, but that morning he said he wanted to stay home because he used a walker.
“He said, ‘No, I think I should stay, I’m in a walker, there will be a lot of people, I don’t think I should go,'” she said.
“My father and [aunt]they said, ‘How can we leave you here alone? We would never do that to you, whether you’re in a wheelchair or a walker, we’ll still take you with us,” and then the tragedy happened.”
The 76-year-old was shot three times in the hail of gunfire and died on the spot, she said.
Ms Toledo said the family was “in shock”.
“We are very upset, I am in shock. It just feels like a dream, a scary dream,” she said.
A second victim was identified Monday night as a committed member of a local synagogue.
Jacki Sundheim was remembered by the North Shore Congregation Israel as a “lifelong” congregant and “cherished” staff member whose “work, kindness and warmth touched us all.”
Ms Sundheim’s death was confirmed by the synagogue Monday night in an email sent by the synagogue to congregation members, and later on social media, as relatives shared posts commemorating a woman described as “one of the nicest” they had ever met.
“Jacki was a lifelong congregant of NSCI and a beloved member of the NSCI staff team for decades,” the synagogue said.
Her cousin Luke Sundheim wrote on social media of how he learned in a phone call of her death “that I hope none of you ever receive”.
“If you know me, you know that the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Today, while my family was enjoying the July 4th Winnetka Parade, I received a call that I hope none of you will ever receive,” he wrote on Facebook.
“My Aunt Jacki was shot senselessly while watching a parade she’s been to all her life, just two towns north.
“If you knew Jacki, you would know that she was one of the nicest people you’ve ever met and that she went out of her way to help everyone.
“The world has lost a very special person and I am both furious and incredibly sad that I can no longer spend time with her. I love America, but this can’t keep happening to innocent loving people.”
She is survived by her husband Bruce and daughter Leah.