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Mourners hug exterior Memorial Chapel Funeral House in Waukegan, Unwell., Saturday, throughout funeral providers for Eduardo Uvaldo, who was killed Monday throughout a mass capturing on the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park. (Pat Nabong, Chicago Solar-Instances through AP)
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WAUKEGAN, Unwell. — Pals, neighbors and dignitaries paid their respects Saturday to the household of Eduardo Uvaldo, one of many seven folks who were killed within the assault on a July Fourth parade close to Chicago.
Uvaldo, who would have turned 70 on Friday, was a local of Mexico who first moved to the USA when he was 15. In an obituary, he was remembered for his love of his massive household — he was survived by his spouse, Maria, 4 daughters, 4 siblings, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“He was humorous, charming, good-looking, caring, and most significantly loving,” his obituary learn. “His presence introduced happiness to every member of the family.”
Exterior the visitation at The Memorial Chapel of Waukegan, attendee Lilia Cervantes advised reporters that she had identified Uvaldo for 20 years and had labored with him for 11 years.
“It is a very troublesome time for household and associates,” she mentioned in Spanish. “He was very form.”
Uvaldo’s spouse and 13-year-old grandson, Brian Franco Hogan, have been wounded within the assault and are nonetheless recovering, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
He was humorous, charming, good-looking, caring, and most significantly loving. His presence introduced happiness to every member of the family.
–Eduardo Uvaldo’s obituary
Relative Jesse Palacios attended the personal service and referred to as Uvaldo “a contented man,” the newspaper reported.
“I do not assume I’ve ever seen him unhappy,” Palacios mentioned.
Amongst those that paid their respects Saturday have been Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Highland Park’s police chief, Lou Jogmen.
Uvaldo died Wednesday at an Evanston hospital from wounds suffered during the attack on the parade.
Separate funerals were held Friday for 3 of the opposite victims — 63-year-old Jacquelyn Sundheim, 88-year-old Stephen Straus and 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, who, like Uvaldo, was from Waukegan, a metropolis north of Highland Park alongside the Lake Michigan coast.
Funeral particulars for the others killed within the assault have not been made public. Authorities have recognized them as 64-year-old Katherine “Katie” Goldstein and a married couple, 35-year-old Irina McCarthy and 37-year-old Kevin McCarthy, who were attending the parade with their 2-year-old son.
That is what I am unable to perceive: how this retains taking place.
–Jesse Palacios, relative of Eduardo Uvaldo
Police say the victims have been shot at random and that the assailant had no racial or non secular motivation.
“That is what I am unable to perceive: how this retains taking place,” Palacios mentioned, referring to mass shootings within the U.S.
His sister, Ophelia Palacios, mentioned she wonders “what was working via” the shooter’s thoughts.
“Why did he do it?” she requested.
Robert E. Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of first-degree homicide. Prosecutors count on to carry extra expenses representing the greater than 30 folks wounded within the assault.
Investigators have mentioned Crimo, of neighboring Highwood, legally bought 5 weapons and deliberate the assault for weeks earlier than he climbed onto the roof of a enterprise alongside the parade route and opened hearth with a semi-automatic rifle.
Investigators reported that Crimo fled the parade by mixing in with the fleeing crowd, then drove to the Madison, Wisconsin, space, where he contemplated a second attack. He returned to the Highland Park space and his automobile was noticed by police.
Questions stay about whether or not Crimo ought to have been capable of legally buy firearms in Illinois. Illinois State Police officers have defended the approval of his gun license in December 2019, months after police received reports that he had made suicidal and violent threats.