HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Community leaders led a moment of silence Monday in Highland Park in honor of the victims of last week’s tragic shooting.
Highland Park mayor Nancy Rotering and fire chief Joe Schrage led the vigil, which started at 10:14 a.m., the same time the gunman opened fire one week ago.
Seven people were killed and dozens injured during the city’s Fourth of July parade.
Miles Zaremski wanted to visit the memorial site in Highland Park Monday night. He was among the crowd of people watching the parade.
“When I heard the pops initially which I thought was a backfire from a vehicle or firecrackers,” he said. “Multiple pops, it took me back to the days when I was in the reserves decades ago. I said ‘that sounds like gunfire.'”
A new memorial for the victims in Port Clinton is growing by the day. It’s less than a block from where the shooting took place.
“I grew up in this town,” said James Pearlman. “I can’t believe this happened here, It’s awful.”
Sunday was the first-time businesses along Central Avenue reopened. It had been blocked off with crime scene tape, barricades and uniformed officers since Monday as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies processed evidence.
More stores and businesses reopened together at 10 a.m. Monday in solidarity, and the Highland Park community has another vigil planned to honor the victims of the shooting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.