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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

WATCH LIVE: Highland Park mayor testifies in Congress on protecting communities from mass shootings

The mayor of Highland Park, Ill., the site of the July 4 mass shooting, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning about protecting communities from mass shootings.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET. Watch the hearing in the player above.

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The hearing came a day after the funeral of the last of the seven people killed in the Independence Day parade, as family and friends gathered in suburban Chicago to remember Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy’s funeral attendees filled a nearby parking lot before heading inside the funeral home in Skokie. Unlike services last week for McCarthy’s wife Irina, the services were not livestreamed.

In an obituary, the 37-year-old was described as a father, husband, brother, uncle and son who “brought fun in every situation.”

The couple was killed in a parade in nearby Highland Park. They leave behind a 2-year-old son, Aiden, whose story has inspired thousands to donate money for the orphaned boy. In total, an online fundraiser has raised more than $3.2 million for the boy.

“Kevin’s irrepressible enthusiasm for life and his family and friends will always be with us,” his family wrote in the obituary. “We love you.”

Services have been suspended for five other victims since the shooting. They have been identified as Katherine Goldstein, 64, Jacqueline Sundheim, 63, Stephen Strauss, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, and Eduardo Uvaldo, 69.

Prosecutors have arrested 21-year-old Robert E. Cremo III has been charged with seven counts of murder and said he expected to present charges of attempted murder representing those injured in the attack.

Also on Monday, the family of Cooper Roberts, an 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed from a spinal cord injury in the shooting, said in a statement that the boy’s condition remained critical but was making “hopeful progress”.

According to the statement, the boy is no longer on the ventilator, but is breathing himself. And boy did he take his first brief ride in a wheelchair over the weekend.

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