Vigil in Highland Park, march to DC scheduled for Wednesday to support survivors, act against assault weapons – NBC Chicago

Nine days after a devastating mass shooting during a 4th of July parade in Highland Park claimed the lives of seven people and injured more than 40 others, residents and neighbors in suburban Chicago continue to take actions to support the community and demand gun control – locally with a vigil and nationally in Washington DC

“It’s important that we come together as citizens, as voters of this country, and stand up against these gun lobbyists and say we need change and we need it today. , because if it doesn’t happen today, the next shooter will come to your city tomorrow,” Dr. Emily Liberman said Tuesday near the White House in Washington DC.

Liberman and his family attended the July 4 parade in Highland Park. They escaped the shooting by hiding for hours in a bathroom near the parade route.

“We were all in darkness, silence, crouched on the ground, praying that the shooter didn’t come for us, praying that the other people we were separated from were alive,” Liberman said.

Liberman is joined in the nation’s capital this week by members of March 4, a new group of supporters, survivors and relatives of the mass shootings in Highland Park and Uvalde, TX, meeting with senators and congressmen in the hope that collective strength will lead to action on assault weapons.

“We are here in DC shouting loudly that we demand a federal ban on assault weapons right now,” Kitty Brandtner, a Chicago North Shore resident and March 4th organizer, said in a post. Instagram Tuesday.

One of the senators the group met with was Rep. Chris Murphy (D), of Connecticut, a state that in 2012 saw a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, where 26 people were killed . Of these victims, twenty were children between the ages of six and seven.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a city-led vigil to honor the victims and support the survivors is planned in Highland Park on the lawn outside City Hall. The event is expected to include remarks from Mayor Nancy Rotering, a candle-lighting ceremony, a musical interlude by pipes and drums from the Chicago Police and Fire Department, and remarks from religious leaders.

Here’s where you can find other local ways to help or find the services you need.


Highland Park Community Fund

To help those directly affected by the mass shooting in Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation has established a Highland Park 4th of July Shooting Response Fund.

According to the city, “all contributions to the response fund will go directly to victims and survivors or organizations that support them.”

Here’s how to donate.

Victims first

This fund was created by families affected by previous mass shootings who created this fund. According to VictimsFirst, 100% of what is collected goes directly to victims.

Here’s how to donate.

Upcoming Vigils and Gatherings


  • City-led Vigil, City Hall, Highland Park, 1707 St. John’s Avenue, 6:30 p.m.

Blood drives

North Shore hospital systems

While the victims were taken to several area hospitals, including Highland Park Hospital and Evanston Hospital, North Shore Hospitals is asking those interested in donating blood to make an appointment.

Email: [email protected] for more information.


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Donations, community support, therapy animals, meals, auctions and more


A makeshift memorial with flowers has begun to take shape in the streets of downtown Highland Park near Port Clinton Square, as well as in Highwood at Everts Park. All are invited to lay flowers.

therapy horses

Pet, hug and talk to one of the miniature therapy horses visiting the Highland Park Library from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. “The horses are trained to be gentle and friendly, providing comfort, affection and stress relief,” organizers said.


Lasagna Love non-profit, a grassroots organization of “neighbors cooking for neighbors, can” cook and deliver free lasagna to anyone who needs it. “Here’s how to help.

Stuffed animals

A non-profit organization providing new stuffed animals to children in crisis. Monetary contributions can be made here.

Yard signs

Highland Park Yard signs are available for purchase in the Town of Highland Park, with funds going directly to victims and survivors.

Here’s how to buy one.

Mental health resources

willow house

An organization that offers support in times of bereavement. Several upcoming workshops are planned for all ages.

Here’s where to find out more.

District 113 walk-in consultation

District 113, along with the American Red Cross and FBI Victim Services Response Team will be offering walk-in counseling at Highland Park High School through July 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

JCFS Chicago

The JCFS Chicago Warm Line telephone connection is available to provide assistance to anyone affected by the Highland Park shooting who is not in urgent need and is looking for someone to talk to about their emotional distress. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 855-275-5237

JCFS also offers free, walk-in counseling sessions at the Bernard Weinger JCC at 300 Revere Dr. in Northbrook are available Monday through Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and Fridays from 2-4 p.m.

224 Help

Highland Park residents can text 224Help at 844-823-5323 to receive immediate assistance from a licensed mental health professional, 24/7.

Lake County Family Service

A walk-in trauma center for free 30-minute appointments. Without appointment accepted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 847-432-4981 to learn more.

Highwood Public Library

Free supportive mental health services, support groups and individual therapy. Appointments are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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