The deadly mass shooting at a July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has claimed the life of a Jewish victim named Jacki Sundheim.
A lifelong member of North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois, Sundheim was among the six who lost their lives on Monday, when a gunman, identified as 22-year-old Robert E Crimo III, opened fire with a powerful rifle from a rooftop at a Fourth of July parade.
Sundheim’s brutal killing prompted a message from the NSCI website, that read, “It is with immeasurable sadness that we let you know that our beloved Jacki Sundheim was one of the victims murdered today at the Highland Park Parade. Jacki was a lifelong congregant of NSCI and a cherished member of NSCI’s staff team for decades. Jacki’s work, kindness and warmth touched us all, from her early days teaching at the Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding innumerable among us through life’s moments of joy and sorrow as our Events and B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator– all of this with tireless dedication.
There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death and sympathy for her family and loved ones. We know you join us in the deepest prayer that Jacki’s soul will be bound up in the shelter of God’s wings and their family will somehow find comfort and consolation amidst this boundless grief.”
In response to the shooting, US President Joe Biden expressed shock and vowed to continue fighting “the epidemic of gun violence” sweeping the nation. “I’m not going to give up,” he said.