7th Highland Park shooting victim, Eduardo Uvaldo, was ‘loving’ grandfather of 16 who was struck beside family

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7th Highland Park shooting victim, Eduardo Uvaldo, was ‘loving’ grandfather of 16 who was struck beside family

The seventh person to die in the Highland Park parade mass shooting was a grandfather of 16 who was injured alongside two other fami

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The seventh person to die in the Highland Park parade mass shooting was a grandfather of 16 who was injured alongside two other family members — including his wife of 50 years.

Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, had spent a day on life support after being shot in the back of the head, with his family begging for prayers. His wife and one of his 16 grandkids were also injured, an online fundraiser said.

He died in an Evanston hospital at 8 a.m. Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after the mass shooting in his Illinois hometown, his family confirmed.

“Thank you to everyone who prayed for my dad and my family. This morning he passed,” one of his daughters, Tanya Uvaldo Castro, confirmed in a Facebook post.

“We are heartbroken but are at peace because we know he wouldn’t want to be here in the state that he was. He passed peacefully.”

Eduardo Uvaldo with his wife
Eduardo Uvaldo, the seventh person to die from the Highland Park shooting, with his wife of 50 years, Maria, who was also wounded.
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Eduardo Uvaldo and his grandchild
Eduardo Uvaldo’s wife and one of his 16 grandchildren were injured in the shooting.
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She later shared photos showing the devoted granddad at previous Fourth of July parades in the Chicago suburb, saying that he “loved” them.

“These photos here show that we always attended the parade,” she said, saying they “got there early” this year to make sure they didn’t miss any of it.

“I don’t know how we are going to do it without you,” the grieving daughter said.

Eduardo Uvaldo with his grandson at a July 4 parade.
Uvaldo’s wife shared pictures of him from previous July 4 parades.
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Maria and Eduardo Uvaldo
Maria Uvaldo shared photos of her and her late husband to Facebook.

A granddaughter, Nivia Guzman, called him “a kind, loving, and funny man who did not deserve this” in a fundraiser that has collected more than $80,000 by Thursday.

Uvaldo’s wife of 50 years, Maria, was also struck with bullet fragments in the head, family friend Jackie Tapia told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The widow “is devastated at the moment, and there is nothing that can calm her down,” Tapia said. “As for her injuries, they’re minor, so she should recover. She’s just overwhelmed now.”

She said the family — which the Chicago Tribune said included 16 grandkids — started running as soon as they heard gunshots.

Family of Eduardo Uvaldo
Family of Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, who became the seventh to die from the Highland Park parade shooting, succumbing to his injuries a day later.
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“The son-in-law saw [Uvaldo] and tried to protect him, shielding him with his body, but he had already been hit,” Tapia said.

The grandson who was struck has since been discharged from a hospital, along with his grandmother.

Some of the dozens wounded Monday remained hospitalized in critical condition and the death toll could still rise, police have warned.

Gunman Robert Crimo III, 21, has since confessed to the shooting, police said. He has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, and prosecutors said there will be “many, many more charges coming.”

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