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‘I realized she was dead:’ Highland Park casualty was gunned down before girl

'I realized she was dead:' Highland Park casualty was gunned down before girl

‘I realized she was dead:’ Highland Park casualty was gunned down before girl

The girl of a Highland Park mass shooting casualty reviewed in another meeting the terrible second her mom was killed right in front her as the two were running from the gunfire.

Cassie Goldstein, 22, said she was watching the Fourth of July march with her mother Katherine Goldstein, 64, in the little Chicago suburb when the mayhem ejected.

“I was remaining there with my mother, and I heard my thought process were fireworks terminating into the road opposite me. And afterward I turned upward and I saw the shooter taking shots down at the children,”

Cassie told NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt in a meeting Tuesday.

“What’s more, I told her that it was a shooter and that she needed to run.”

They were showing together side to side when Katherine was hit by a shot. She was shot in the chest and tumbled to the ground, Cassie said.

“I realized she was dead,” Cassie said on NBC. “I just told her that I cherished her, yet I was unable to stop, since he was all the while shooting everybody close to me.”

Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
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Members of the FBI's Evidence Response Team Unit investigate in downtown Highland Park, Ill., the day after a deadly mass shooting.
Members of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team Unit investigate in downtown Highland Park, Ill., the day after a deadly mass shooting.
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A child's bike is left behind after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
A child’s bike is left behind after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
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The daughter’s survival instincts kicked in and she knew she had to leave her mom behind as the suspected gunman Robert “Bobby” Crimo fired more than 70 rounds at the fleeing parade attendees.

“I just kept running, and I hid behind a trash can,”

Cassie said.

Katherine was one of seven people killed in the mass shooting. Dozens more were injured. Crimo has since been charged with seven murder counts and is facing the chance of life in prison if convicted.

Memorial for Katherine Goldstein. One of the seven victims that lost her life during the Highland Park mass shooting.
Katherine Goldstein was one of the seven victims that lost her life during the Highland Park mass shooting.
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Heart shaped post honoring the seven victims who tragically lost their lives during the Highland Park mass shooting.
Heart-shaped post honoring the seven victims who tragically lost their lives during the Highland Park mass shooting.
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Cassie said Katherine was mourning the loss of her own mother who recently died and decided to attend the Independence Day parade as an outlet.

The day before the shooting, the mother and daughter had spent the day together visiting botanic gardens, eating a treat at Dairy Queen and catching a movie.

“She was just a good mom. And I got 22 years with her. And I got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world,”

Cassie said through tears.

 

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