His family said a grandfather visiting his family was among six people killed Monday when a gunman opened fire on a 4th of July motorcade in a Chicago suburb.
Nicola Toledo’s familyHe was one of those killed during the shooting . Toledo was from Mexico and had been visiting his family in the area for about the past month.
Kimberly Rangel, Toledo’s granddaughter, said her grandfather was in his late 70s and loved to go fishing, paint, and walk with his family in the park.
She said her mother called her through tears to tell her that Toledo had been shot and killed.
We all feel numb,” Rangel said. “We are all so broken on the inside.”
The family said Toledo also met and began forming a bond with his granddaughter.
“I would just like to say I would love for you to hold your family tight while you can, while you still have them,” Rangel said. “Like I said, we didn’t expect this to happen so close to home and it did. And not only my family was affected. There are many other families affected by this, and I just hope everyone rules your family tonight.”
Other members of the Toledo family were injured during the shooting, but he is expected to survive.
On the GoFundMe page, the family said Toledo, a father of eight, “left us on the morning of the 4th of July, and what was supposed to be a fun family day turned into a terrible nightmare for all of us.”
Another granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, For the Chicago Sun-Times And that her father tried to protect her grandfather and was shot in the arm. Her boyfriend was also hit in the back.
“He was the one who saved our whole life,” she told the newspaper. “He would have gone to me, my friend or my cousins.”