Nicolas Toledo wasn’t too convinced to go see the Independence Day parade in Highland Park on Monday morning.
The 78-year-old Mexican needed a walker to walk and knew it would be difficult for him to navigate the crowded sidewalks in that city north of Chicago.
Although his family, I didn’t want to leave her home alone, They were all going to part ways and it was a great opportunity to spend a day together.
The family had 15 people and they chose a nice place to watch the parade in the center of Highland Park. Ornamental cars began to pass by, says Xochil Toledo, one of his granddaughters who came with him.
Suddenly there was chaos: 22-year-old American Robert Cremo begins shooting In a rush with a high powered rifle. over 70 shotsAccording to police investigation.
Nicolas Toledo was one of seven survivors of the July 4 attack.
Was accused of crime this Tuesday seven murder cases
“One day that should have been filled with joy and happiness turned into a dream filled with terror and pain,” Toledo’s granddaughter said in a message on her Facebook profile.
Authorities identified the other deaths as Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy (35), Kevin McCarthy (37), Jacqueline Sundim (63) and Stephen Strauss (88).
Irina and Kevin McCarthy were a young couple who 2 year old girl orphaned Joe, according to local media, was found alone and covered in blood after the shooting. He has already met his family.
“A Guardian Angel”
Xochil Toledo explains that his grandfather was sitting in the middle of the family when the parade began.
His grandfather looked happy, “enjoying the moment,” as a car accompanied a gang on Central Avenue in Highland Park.
He heard gunshots, which at first he thought was part of the show. But then the bullets started falling right where the family was.
Three hit the grandfather, leading to his death.
“He saved the lives of all of us. They could have gone [las balas] Against me, against my boyfriend or against my cousins,” Xochil Toledo told the newspaper. Chicago Sun Times,
One of Toledo’s sons tried to save him and was shot in the arm, but all the others managed to escape after the attack.
family says toledo is ,AndGuardian Angel” who protected them.
He opened a fundraiser that in just 24 hours received a response from over 1,200 people and raised over US$60,000 in help.
He wrote, “There are no words to say how much we thank the community for all their help during this difficult time for our family. All donations will go towards funeral expenses.”
Two years after not being able to travel to the US due to pandemic restrictions, Nicolas Toledo was visiting his family north of Chicago.
Era Originally from Morelos Statein central Mexico, but for many years he worked in the United States, where a good portion of his family lives, including his wife and eight children.
He had dual Mexican-American citizenship, so he spent a long time with his family in Illinois.
“We brought him here so he can live a better life,” his granddaughter told the newspaper. new York Times, “His kids wanted to take care of him and be more in his life and then this tragedy happened.”