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A former kindergarten teacher. A passionate outdoor enthusiast grandfather.

They are two of six known victims of Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, whose lives were cut short when a gunman opened fire on the local 4th of July parade in the affluent suburb of Chicago.

For the Toledo family, going to the parade is a family tradition. The Toledos pack their lawn chairs and coolers and go to the same place every year, outside Uncle Dan’s outdoor store near Second Street and Central Avenue.

On Monday, a gunman began firing from a rooftop near where the family was watching the parade, killing Nicolás Toledo, believed to be 70, and injuring others nearby.

“It’s just awful,” Toledo’s grandson David Toledo said, recalling the time his cousin called to tell him. “No one should ever get that call.”

Nicolás Toledo was a loving father and grandfather who spent most of the last three decades in Highland Park after immigrating to the United States, said David Toledo, 30.

“He was a funny guy,” he said. “Always playful, always cracking jokes and playing with his grandkids. He always made us laugh.

He said his grandfather emigrated of Morelos, Mexico in the 1980s, settling alongside family members in the Chicago area. Nicolás Toledo loved being outdoors, especially fishing at Fox Lake. Relatives told The New York Times that Toledo has dual Mexican-American citizenship and had recently moved from Mexico to Highland Park so his family could better care for him as he battled health issues.

David Toledo, who lives in Chicago, said the last time he saw his grandfather was at a gathering at his aunt’s house in Highland Park. The family watched over him together, sharing the responsibilities of caring for him – but that didn’t stop the jokes and the playfulness, David Toledo said.

“I would ask him if he needed help. He’s like, ‘No, I’m fine. I’m fine,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Are you sure? I mean, you’re getting old now.”

Those who knew Jacki Sundheim, one of the first identified victims among those killed in Highland Park on Monday, described her as warm and tirelessly devoted to those around her.

North Shore Congregation Israel, where she worked as a special events coordinator, said in a statement that Sundheim has been a lifelong devotee and a cherished member of its staff for decades. “Jacki’s hard work, kindness and warmth have touched us all, from her early days teaching at Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding countless of us through the joys and sadness of life,” the statement said.

Sundheim leaves behind her husband, Bruce, her daughter Leah, her sister Tracy and her niece Becca, the chief rabbi of the synagogue, Wendi Geffen, said in a letter to the faithful. “Due to this immense loss, all NSCI programs, classes and meetings for tomorrow will be cancelled,” she said.

In the coming days, David Toledo said he and his family will focus on reuniting, watching over each other and planning his grandfather’s funeral.

They could also go down to Fox Lake to catch some fish to fry for a family meal – which his grandfather would have liked, he said.

David Toledo said he doesn’t know if the family will feel safe at future parades.

“It’s such a horrible memory, so I don’t know if we’ll go back,” he said.

Annabelle Timsit contributed to this report.