Highland Park Shootout: GoFundMe for Aiden McCarthy, whose parents were killed in a shooting, raises more than $1 million

The photo of Aiden McCarthy was shared across Chicago-area social media groups in the hours after the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park, accompanied by requests to help identify the 2-year-old, who was bloodied and alone had been found at the scene and to reunite him with his family.

On Tuesday, friends and authorities confirmed that the boy’s parents, Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven dead in the tragedy.

“At two years old, Aiden is in the unthinkable position of growing up without his parents,” Irina Colon wrote on a GoFundMe account she created for the family and Aiden, who was reunited with his grandparents Monday night.

In less than five hours, more than $1 million has already been raised for Aiden and the amount keeps growing.

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Friends of the McCarthys said Irina’s parents would take care of the boy in the future.

Four others killed Tuesday were identified as Katherine Goldstein, 64; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Strauss, 88; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78. Each victim was from Highland Park, except for Toledo-Zaragoza, who was visiting family in the city from Morelos, Mexico.
Officials have not yet identified the seventh victim.

Portraits of some of the dead emerged Tuesday as investigators continued to look for evidence of the shooting that killed at least seven people and wounded 30.

Irina McCarthy’s childhood friend, Angela Vella, described McCarthy as funny, likeable, and “a bit of a tomboy” who still likes to dress up nicely.

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“She definitely had her own style, which I’ve always admired,” Vella said in a brief interview.

If you have the funds and would like to donate, here is a link to Aiden’s GoFundMe.

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