Surrounded by a dozen relations, Nicolás Toledo, 78, was sitting on his walker to look at the Highland Park July 4 parade on Monday when the gunshots rang out.
“We all threw ourselves to the ground,” his daughter, Josefina Toledo, instructed The Every day Beast. “My dad, since it’s difficult for him to walk … he was sitting on his walker and he was hit in his back and in his head.”
The daddy of eight, who lately turned a great-grandfather, was killed immediately—one of many six folks murdered in the bloodbath carried out by a rooftop sniper.
The parade was a household custom, stated Josefina, who defined that after the marching was over, the clan would collect on the household house to proceed celebrating the vacation.
“We all were very happily waiting for the parade when all of a sudden the gunfire started,” she stated.
Among the many dozens who had been wounded by bullets from a high-powered rifle was the boyfriend of certainly one of Josefina’s nieces. He’s hospitalized in steady situation however going through surgical procedure to take away the bullet close to his lungs.
“There isn’t a safe place anymore,” she stated.
Her father lived in a small city in the Morelos state of Mexico earlier than transferring to the U.S. along with his son to seek out work in the mid-’80s, and later moved again to his house nation to take pleasure in his golden years.
He got here again to Illinois three months in the past for an prolonged go to along with his enormous prolonged household in Highland Park.
Josefina Toledo instructed The Beast that her dad was happiest when he was boating, fishing, and searching in the small city of Nexpa. Even when he lived in Illinois, his kids would take him searching. The household plans to ship his physique again to Mexico for burial.
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