(NewsNation) — Both parents of a 2-year-old boy were killed after a gunman opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park on Monday, authorities confirmed to NewsNation affiliate WGN.
Irina McCarthy, 35, and Kevin McCarthy, 37, a married couple from Highland Park, were among the seven victims whose deaths officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
The husband and wife leave behind a 2-year-old son, Aiden, according to a GoFundMe online.
“At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” the GoFundMe reads.
The 2-year-old boy was found with a stranger amid the chaos before he was taken in by a couple, Dana and Greg Ring, according to an interview with WGN.
“I wanted to try to find the little boy’s parents, went up, saw bodies, saw what was going on, then we went back to my in-laws,” Greg Ring said. “(Authorities) said can you take care of the little boy?’ We said ‘of course’, we took him back to our in-laws and he just stayed and watched cartoons with our in-laws and then we were told the latest that a detective came and took care of the little boy and he has been reunited with his grandparents, that’s all we know.”
Now, Aiden will be cared for by his grandparents, the GoFundMe says.
As of Wednesday morning, the fundraiser had raised more than $2 million.