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A FATHER’S SHIELD: Toddler who lost the two guardians in Highland Park shooting was tracked down under father’s body

A FATHER'S SHIELD: Toddler who lost the two guardians in Highland Park shooting was tracked down under father's body

A FATHER’S SHIELD: Toddler who lost the two guardians in Highland Park shooting was tracked down under father’s body

The killed survivors of Monday’s Highland Park march slaughter remember a wedded couple for their 30s who abandoned a 2-year-old child – who’d been tracked down under his dead dad during the commotion.

Irina McCarthy, 35, and her better half Kevin McCarthy, 37, were at the motorcade with their baby Aiden when a shooter masked in ladies’ clothing started shooting at the Fourth of July festivity, transforming the regularly blissful occasion into a blood-splashed bad dream, authorities said.

The couple were among seven honest individuals shot dead during the anarchy.

Their child was found under the body of his mortally injured father by an escaping bystander, as per the Daily Beast.

“My sweetheart gave me this young man and said he was under this father who was shot in the leg,”

Lauren Silva, 38, reviewed.

“They were attempting to stop the dying, so I brought the kid down the stairs into the carport.”

“He continued to inquire as to whether mother and father will return soon,”

she said.

Aiden McCarthy, in pictures being circulated on social media when people were trying to reunite him with his parents
Aiden McCarthy was found under his mortally wounded father.
Irina McCarthy, 35, and her husband Kevin McCarthy, 37, were killed in the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
Irina McCarthy, 35, and her husband Kevin McCarthy, 37, were killed in the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Aiden, pictured with an unknown male, has been reunited with his grandparents.
Aiden, pictured with an unknown male, has been reunited with his grandparents.

A GoFundMe page was set up in the child’s honor by friends of Irina. The page raised more than $1 million on Tuesday.

“In the aftermath of the Highland Park, IL shootings on July 4, the North Shore community rallied to help a boy who we knew nothing about. We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,”

the fundraiser states.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help. His parents Irina & Kevin were killed during the July 4 shooting. At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents.”

The child is currently under the care of Irina’s parents, Misha and Nina Levberg, the fundraiser stated.

“He will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows,”

the GoFundMe explained.

“On behalf of his family, and with their permission, I am establishing this fundraiser to support him and the caregivers who will be tasked with raising, caring for, and supporting Aiden as he and his support system embark on this unexpected journey.”

Steven Straus, 88, has been identified as the third victim of the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting.
Stephen Straus, 88, has been identified as the third victim of the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting.
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Angela Vella, a friend of Irina, wrote on Facebook that her “stomach is in knots.”

“I can’t believe this has happened. Irina was such a fun person with a genuine soul. I have so many positive memories with her,”

Vella wrote.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her sweet sweet little boy. If you are able to donate, please do so. I am still in shock and incredibly hurt over her passing, along with the rest of the tragedy as a whole.”

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Straus’s grandson Tobias Straus said he was at a “loss for words” when reached by The Post.

“[He was] active, very active… for his age it was pretty remarkable,”

Tobias said by phone of his granddad.

“He was in great shape, especially for his age. He definitely could’ve lived a lot longer.”

Despite his advanced age, Stephen was still working as a financial advisor in Downtown Chicago and would commute to the office each morning by train, Tobias said.

“He was always biking and walking, and he went to work everyday by choice,” the heartbroken grandson said.

Straus was remembered as a "sweet and gentle soul" by his niece.
Stephen Straus was remembered as a “sweet and gentle soul” by his niece.
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Cynthia Straus, Stephen’s niece, posted a heartfelt tribute to her uncle on Facebook, writing

“no one should die this way.”

“Yesterday, the darkest day you can imagine, my Uncle, my father’s brother, Steve Straus, was killed in The Highland Park 4th of July Day Parade shooting. It was a tragic, senseless loss,”

Cynthia wrote.

“He is integral to our family, a kind, sweet and gentle soul with great humor, intelligence and keen wit. He towered over our family like a protective Oak sheltering his own,”

she continued.

“Follow The Sun Steve, to the other side of the veil. Only those who have left this world know what awaits, and for me I can only say that if there are bells at Heaven’s Gate they are chiming and cheering for you, for a life well lived, and a soul well served.”

Three other victims have been identified in the tragedy so far — 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo63-year-old Jacki Sundheim and 64-year-old Katherine Goldstein.

Farid Amirouche, who lives across the street from Goldstein, was at the parade with his wife and daughter when the shooting broke out and was shaken to learn his neighbor was among those killed.

Jacki Lovi Sundheim
Jacki Lovi Sundheim was identified as the second victim in the Highland Park July 4th parade shooting in Chicago, Illinois.
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Nicholas Toledo
Nicolas Toledo was another victim at the Highland Park parade shooting.
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“I’m sitting here in shock,” Amirouche told The Post by phone, adding Goldstein was a “very nice person.”

“We’re not used to seeing stuff like that and I’m very disturbed that this is my neighbor, her house is facing my house.”

 

More coverage on the Highland Park parade shooting

The identity of the seventh victim, who died in a hospital outside of Lake County, is yet to be released.

A local Highland Park resident, 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo, was taken into custody in connection with the incident. He’s yet to be charged.

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