Funerals have been scheduled for three of the seven people killed in Monday’s July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park.
A gunman fired into the parade with a high-powered rifle, injuring dozens of people. Police said the suspect fled after the shooting and drove to Madison, Wisconsin, where he “seriously considered” but did not carry out another attack, officials said.
The suspect was later arrested in his car and charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, according to Lake County District Attorney Eric Rinehart.
Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park
There will be a memorial service for Stephen Straus, 88, on Friday.
Straus was a financial adviser who commuted to his downtown Chicago office five days a week, his relatives told the Chicago Tribune.
The family patriarch is “curious about the world,” said his son Peter Straus.
He enjoyed painting as a hobby and attended the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute of Chicago.
He is survived by his wife Linda, children Jonathan and Peter and four grandchildren.
Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park
A memorial service will be held for Jacquelyn “Jacki” Lovi Sundheim, 63, on Friday.
Sundheim, a former preschool teacher and member of the North Shore Congregation Israel, was praised for her “tireless efforts” in a statement from the synagogue.
“Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth have touched all of us, from her early days as a teacher at Gates of Learning Preschool to how she has guided countless of us through the moments of the joy and sorrow of life – all this with tireless commitment ,” read the statement from the synagogue which is near Glencoe.
Her friend Sherri Goodman told NBC Chicago that Sundheim helped plan bat mitzvahs for Goodman’s three daughters.
“Always with a smile, a hug, a band-aid,” Goodman said.
Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 88, from Highland Park and Morelos, Mexico
A funeral service will be held for Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, on Friday.
Toledo-Zaragoza only took part in the parade in Highland Park on July 4 because his family didn’t want to leave him at home alone.
He used a walker and was concerned about the crowds, his granddaughter Xochil Toledo said. Toledo described him as a loving man, creative, adventurous and funny.
She recalls glancing over at her grandfather, who was sitting among his family, as a band passed them.
“He was so happy,” she said. “Happy to live in the moment.”
They didn’t realize someone had opened fire on the crowd until bullets came their way. Three beat her grandfather, killing him on the spot, she said.
Toledo-Zaragoza arrived in Illinois from Mexico about two months ago to visit family, but stayed because of injuries sustained when he was hit by a car during a previous stay at Highland Park a few years ago. The family wanted him to stay permanently.
Her grandfather had a big smile and bright blue eyes that caught the eye, Xochil Toledo said. He had eight children, most in the United States and others in Mexico.
He prefers a home-cooked meal to food, enjoys fishing and enjoys walking in Highland Park, Toledo said.
“He never wanted to be inside. He always wanted to be outside,” she said.
“He was a sweet, caring grandfather,” she said. “He only wanted what was best for his children and children.”
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