Mexican grandfather and synagogue teacher among July 4 shooting victims


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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – A synagogue teacher and a grandfather in his 60s who traveled from Mexico to visit family were among six people killed in the shooting during a July 4 parade in the suburbs of Chicago Highland Park, according to family and friends.

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Nicolas Toledo was the first victim identified by family members after a rooftop gunman opened fire on families during Monday’s parade, killing six and injuring more than 36.

“My grandfather Nicolas Toledo, father of eight children and grandfather of many, left us this morning on the 4th of July, what was supposed to be a fun family day turned into a horrible nightmare for all of us,” said her granddaughter, Xochil Toledo.

Authorities have yet to officially release the names of the victims.

Toledo’s family set up a page on crowdfunding service GoFundMe to raise money to send his body back to his native Mexico. The page raised more than $57,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Toledo, in his 60s, had been visiting family for about a month. He spent his last days swimming and fishing and being with relatives, his family told the media.

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Relatives in Toledo were injured in the shooting but were expected to survive, CBS Chicago reported.

Another identified victim was Jacki Sundheim, a teacher at a Highland Park synagogue.

“Jacki’s hard work, kindness and warmth have touched us all, from her teaching at Gates of Learning Preschool to leading countless of us through life’s joys and sorrows,” said said North Shore Congregation Israel in an email to congregants.

Sundheim was survived by her husband and daughter, he added.

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Nine patients remained hospitalized of a total of 39 brought to hospitals run by NorthShore University HealthSystem, ranging in age from 14 to 70, spokesman Jim Anthony said.

Four of the gunshot victims are in good condition and four others are in stable condition. A patient, a 68-year-old man, is in critical condition with a gunshot wound at System Hospital Evanston.

Twenty-eight of the patients were treated and discharged, while one, an 8-year-old boy, was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. A patient died while receiving intensive care in the emergency department at Highland Park Hospital, he said.


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