Highland Park City Council meets for 1st time since 4th of July parade shooting, pauses to honor victims, survivors

Highland Park City Council meets for 1st time since 4th of July parade shooting, pauses to honor victims, survivors

HIGHLAND PARK, (TOC) — The Highland Park Metropolis Council met for the primary time Monday evening, three weeks after the July 4th parade capturing that left seven individuals useless and dozens of others damage.

The assembly started with a second of silence as metropolis officers and residents honored the seven individuals killed, the greater than two dozen injured, and the numerous different lives which were eternally impacted by the tragedy.

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Afterward, Mayor Nancy Rotering fought by means of tears as she supplied due to first responders and to the individuals of Highland Park.

“I’m so appreciative of our complete metropolis crew, and all who’ve joined collectively to help our neighborhood,” Rotering stated. “They’ve lifted us up with particular care and a focus, and we’re united within the face of trauma.”

“There’s trauma that individuals are nonetheless experiencing,” stated State Rep. Bob Morgan (D-North suburbs). “For these of us who journey by means of downtown Highland Park, we see it. We’re experiencing our personal grief and trauma and transferring on as finest we will.”

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On the north facet of metropolis corridor, a slew of things that had been left behind alongside the parade route in a second of terror nonetheless stay unclaimed three weeks later. They embody picnic chairs, bicycle helmets, sandals and water bottles.

They’re maybe unclaimed for a cause, with many residents nonetheless coming to phrases with what occurred.

Highland Park is now discovering its voice, taking the lead within the nationwide debate on gun violence.

Final week in Washington, D.C. Mayor Rotering referred to as for a nationwide ban on assault model weapons, and now the Illinois Home is convening a gun violence working group chaired by Rep. Morgan.

“There are representatives from throughout the state which might be on that working group, and we’ll be speaking about what do we’ve consensus round to ensure we’re lowering gun violence,” he stated.

Artist Herb Kruse has created portraits of the victims and gifted them to town. He stated his house overlooks the rooftop allegedly used within the capturing, and he cannot bear to reside there anymore.

“I am transferring tomorrow out of Highland Park,” he stated on the assembly. “Should you can honor these and put them in a spot of honor or give them to the households of the deceased.”

The town stated there shall be a everlasting memorial created with enter from the victims’ households and the general public, however that course of is just not anticipated to start for a while.

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