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HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois (WLS) — The scene of the Highland Park massacre is finally returning to normal, like rubble — chairs and strollers abandoned in chaos amid a shooting that left seven and dozen dead more injured — has been cleared.

But the impact of these losses stretches far and wide. The victims ranged from 35 to 88 years old. Those were mothers, fathers and grandparents.

Officials on Tuesday identified six of those killed in the shooting at the Highland Park parade on July 4.

A seventh person died Tuesday at a Cook County hospital and has not yet been identified. At least 39 people were injured after police said a gunman opened fire on the parade from a rooftop.

Among the victims are a lifelong member of a local synagogue and a loving grandfather.

WATCH: Lake County Coroner identifies shooting victims in Highland Park parade

The Lake County Coroner identified the victims as follows:

  • Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park
  • Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park
  • Kevin McCarthy, 37, of Highland Park
  • Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park
  • Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park
  • Nicolas Toledo-Zargoza, 78 of Morelos, Mexico

The 2-year-old son of Irina and Kevin McCarthy was found alone and safely reunited with his grandparents in the aftermath of the shooting Monday.

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“When we came in, it looked like the police were getting ready for war; I’ll never forget it. I stopped and said, ‘This is not our kid. It’s not his blood; he’s okay. What must we do? ‘ And the cop said, ‘We can’t be babysitters now, can you take care of him?’ We said, ‘Of course,’ said parade goer Greg Ring.

Stephen Straus was a financial advisor who still took the train every day to his office at a brokerage firm in Chicago, his family said.

“He was an honorable man who worked all his life,” said one niece. “He shouldn’t have died this way.”

Nicolas Toledo-Zargoza’s family said he worked in the Highland Park area for many years after arriving in the US in the 1980s.

In a statement, his grandson said: “My grandfather was a funny man. He always joked and was playful with his grandchildren… he spent his last days swimming and fishing and being with family.”

He was retired and living in Mexico, but was due to come in the summer to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

The North Shore Congregation Israel confirmed that Sundheim was a lifelong synagogue congregant and staff member.

In a statement, the council said: “…our beloved Jacki Sundheim was one of the victims killed during the Highland Park parade.”

They called her a beloved member known for her kindness and warmth.

Katie Goldstein’s husband and daughters said the same thing about her. No one has ever met anyone nicer, her husband said.

Police said no children were killed on Tuesday, but a seventh victim died at Evanston Hospital, police said Tuesday afternoon.

WATCH: Doctor who attended parade remembers caring for victims

dr. Wendy Rush was at the parade, tending the wounded.

“We heard the gunfire and then it stopped and several people, everyone jumped into action,” said Dr. Rush. “People identified themselves as doctors, as nurses, anyone who could help had special skills. In our field as an anesthesiologist, we have very specialized skills to manage breathing for people. We are very well trained in CPR and advanced life support and starting of IVs and people just helping everywhere.”

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Among the 39 people injured or injured in the attack were Chicago Public Schools teacher Zoe Kolpack and her husband Steven.

Although their children were unharmed, the educator’s father and brother-in-law were also shot and wounded. Kolpack teaches at Dever Elementary.

CPS said in a statement: “Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is devastated to learn that one of our CPS teachers and her family members are among those injured in Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park. We believe to our William Dever Elementary colleague and her family, as well as everyone affected by this tragedy. CPS officials have been in touch with the teacher and her family and our crisis team and support services will be available to assist Dever Elementary staff and students support if needed.

Highland Park hospital officials said nine more people had been hospitalized on Tuesday, ranging in age from 14 to 70.

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Four are in good condition, four remain stable and one, a 69-year-old man, is in critical condition. Eight of the nine patients were shot.

One patient, an 8-year-old boy, was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital.

Communities hold vigils after Highland Park shooting

Multiple interfaith prayer vigils took place on Tuesday afternoon and evening and more over the next few days as the community mourns and takes steps to heal.

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