A suspected gunman released a series of chilling songs months before he was arrested in connection with a July 4 shooting that killed six people.
Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III, 22, has been identified as a person of interest following Monday’s chaos in Highland Park, Illinois.
Crimo reportedly had a verified profile on Spotify and was known as Awake the Rapper.
It appears his account has since been removed.
Crimo reportedly released an EP called “Brainwashed” earlier this year and some of the songs were titled “Dead Again” and “I am the Storm”.
He has released three albums including Messages in 2017, Observer in 2018 and the self-titled Awake the Rapper in 2021.
His YouTube account appears to have been removed, but it appears some of his clips have been re-uploaded.
Crimo’s IMDB page reveals that he started uploading music to the internet when he was 11 years old.
Grandfather Nicolas Toledo, 73, has been identified as one of the victims.
His grandson David told ABC News: “My grandpa was a funny man. He was always joking and playful with his grandchildren. He arrived [in] moved to the United States in the 1980’s and worked in the Highland Park area for many years.
“He spent his last days swimming and fishing and with his family.”
Synagogue worker Jacki Sundheim was also killed.
Gunshots rang out just 10 minutes into the parade, and beach chairs, strollers and backpacks were found scattered around the site as the revelers fled in horror.
Construction worker Alexander Sandoval, 39, said he put his son and little brother in a dumpster to escape the chaos.
He told the New York Times that he was enjoying the parade when gunfire erupted.
He said: “When it started I thought it would be the Navy saluting the flag. Then I grabbed my kid and we ran and tried to break a shop window to get away from it.”
He attempted to smash the door of a closed store as he tried to escape, before putting two children in a dumpster.
A young boy was found alone and covered in blood during the parade, but he has since been reunited with his grandparents.
A local cook found the boy and protected him as it was initially unclear whether he had attended the parade with his parents or grandparents.
photos shared on social media showed the boy’s ankles and shoes covered in bloodstains, but it was unclear if it was his blood or someone else’s.
Several witnesses told the Chicago-Sun Times they heard anywhere from 20 to 25 gunshots.
Miles Zaremski told the outlet: “I heard 20 to 25 shots in quick succession. So it can’t just have been a pistol or a shotgun.”
Adrienne Drell said: “It was a calm, peaceful, beautiful morning, people enjoying the parade.
“It’s scary to suddenly rip apart that peacefulness in a matter of seconds. You have nowhere to go, you cannot find peace. I think we’re breaking up.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the tragedy was “devastating.”
President Joe Biden said he was shocked by the “senseless gun violence” that “brought sorrow” on Independence Day.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5703873/highland-park-parade-shooter-chilling-lyrics/ The chilling lyrics of Highland Park shooter Awake the Rapper were revealed in the songs “Dead Again” and “Brainwashed Before Attack.”