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Highland Park shooting: GoFundMe for Aiden McCarthy, whose parents were killed in shooting, raises more than $1 million

Aiden McCarthy’s photo was shared on Chicago-area social media groups in the hours after the shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, accompanied by pleas to help identify and reunite the 2-year-old who was found bloodied and alone at the scene him with his family.

On Tuesday, friends and authorities confirmed that the boy’s parents, Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people killed in the tragedy.

“At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable: to grow up without his parents,” Irina Colon wrote in a GoFundMe account created for the family and Aiden, who was reunited with his grandparents on Monday night.

More than $1 million has already been raised for Aiden in less than five hours and counting.

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Friends of the McCarthys said that Irina’s parents would take care of the boy in the future.

Four of the others killed were identified Tuesday as Katherine Goldstein, 64. Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Strauss, 88; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78. Each victim was from Highland Park except Toledo-Zaragoza, who was visiting family in town from Morelos, Mexico.
Officials have not yet identified the seventh victim.

Portraits of some of those who died began to emerge Tuesday as investigators continued to search for evidence in the shooting that killed at least seven and injured 30.

Irina McCarthy’s childhood friend Angela Vella described McCarthy as fun, kind and “kind of a tomboy” who still liked to dress up.

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“She definitely had her own style, which I’ve always admired,” Vela said in a brief interview.

If you have the means and would like to donate, here is a link to Aiden’s GoFundMe.

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