Disaster struck at a July 4th parade when a gunman opened fire, killing several victims.
Among the victims of the Highland Park shooting were Kevin and Irina McCarthy, parents of their young son Aiden.
Who is Aiden McCarthy?
On July 5, 2022, Irina Colon organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help two-year-old Aiden McCarthy.
Colon, a family friend of the late Kevin and Irina McCarthy, put together the fundraiser to help Aiden’s surviving family with expenses following the death of his parents.
Colon shared details of what was happening on the crowdfunding site, writing, “Following the July 4th shooting in Highland Park, IL, the North Shore community rallied to help a boy we know nothing about knew.
“We brought him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents and prayed for his family’s safety.”
The Illinois native explained, “Unfortunately, I have to share his name… Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help.
“At the age of two, Aiden is in the unthinkable position of growing up without his parents.”
She concluded: “He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family who will embrace him with love, and all the resources available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.
“On behalf of his family and with their permission, I am establishing this fundraiser to support him and the caregivers tasked with raising, caring for and supporting Aiden as he and his support system embark on this unexpected journey.”
What happened to Aiden’s parents Kevin and Irina?
During an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a gunman opened fire on the crowd.
Robert Crimo III is suspected of being the alleged gunman responsible.
Kevin and Irina McCarthy were two of the numerous spectators who died in the tragedy.
Another parade-going couple, Lauren Silva and her boyfriend, recalled what happened.
The child was separated from his parents after another couple reportedly rescued him during the chaos.
Lauren recalled on ‘The Daily Beast’: “We were just opening the door to go up the stairs and we heard it… bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.
“My friend gave me this little boy and said he was under this father who was shot in the leg.”
The mother-of-two added: “They were trying to stop the bleeding so I took the boy downstairs to the garage.
“He kept asking if mom and dad were coming back soon.
“The only thing I could hold on to was this boy’s face and his touch and the sound of his voice.”
Lauren continued, “I feel like I want to hold on to a little bit of emotion I’m feeling — telling this boy his dad is going to come back.”
Aiden’s grandfather and the late Irina’s father, Michael Levberg, recalled the events of the chaos to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Michael told the publication, “He had Aiden under his body when he was shot.
“They were crazy about their child, they were planning two.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5716224/aiden-mccarthy-highland-park-shooting/ Who is Aiden McCarthy and what happened to his parents?