Dr. Keely Roberts, Zion school superintendent, twin sons among those shot at Highland Park parade

Dr. Keely Roberts, Zion school superintendent, twin sons among those shot at Highland Park parade

ZION, Ailing. (TOC) — A north suburban college superintendent and her twin sons had been amongst these shot throughout Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade Monday, a household spokesperson stated Thursday. One of many boys has been paralyzed from the waist down.

Zion Elementary Faculty District 6 Superintendent Dr. Keely Roberts and her 8-year-old twin sons, Cooper and Luke, had been among the many dozens shot Monday, the spokesperson stated.

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Cooper is at present in essential situation, however stays steady. He cannot breathe on his personal but, however below the shut care of medical doctors is making small, incremental enhancements.

“He is undergone a number of surgical procedures since Monday, together with one final evening through which medical doctors had been lastly capable of shut up his stomach,” stated Tony Loizzi, good friend of the household and colleague of Keely Roberts.

Luke has been handled for shrapnel wounds to a leg, was launched from the hospital and is recuperating at dwelling together with his older sisters, who weren’t on the parade and unhurt.

Mates of the household have began a GoFundMe marketing campaign to assist medical wants.

In accordance with the GoFundMe, Cooper was shot within the chest, and his spinal twine was severed.

He is on the College of Chicago’s Comer Youngsters’s Hospital.

After being shot within the chest on the parade, he was airlifted there after being initially handled at one other hospital close to the incident.

A spokesperson confirmed Thursday night the boy is paralyzed from the waist down.

A household spokesman stated Cooper loves sports activities, particularly baseball, and is a big Milwaukee Brewers fan.

Roberts was shot twice within the leg and foot. She underwent two surgical procedures, and, after she realized of Cooper’s situation, informed medical doctors to discharge her or stated she would stroll out on her personal.

Over $170,000 had been raised for the household as of Thursday afternoon.

At the very least 39 folks had been injured after police stated a shooter opened hearth on the parade from a rooftop.

The Zion District 6 Board president stated lively and retired superintendents from all through the area have supplied to assist with short-term interim administrative help because the district determines the subsequent finest steps as Roberts and her household take the time they should heal.

“For seven years in Zion District 6 and different space college districts for a few years prior, Dr. Roberts has accomplished every thing she will to assist the wants of scholars and households in our group. Now, she and her household want our assist and assist,” she stated in an announcement. “Please proceed to maintain the Roberts Household and all these impacted by this tragedy in your ideas.”

Solar-Instances Media contributed to this report.

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