A campaign to help a two-year-old whose parents were killed in an armed attack near Chicago on Monday had raised, as of Wednesday afternoon, more than $2.5 million in donations, an online fundraising site reported.
On Monday morning, Kevin McCarthy, 37, was attending an Independence Day parade with his wife Irina, 35, and their two-year-old child, Aiden, in the suburb of Highland Park when a gunman stationed on the roof of a store opened fire at the crowd.
Amidst the chaos and panic that prevailed in the place, amid the sound of gunshots, people carried the little boy and took him to safety before the search for his relatives began.
Later, the child was handed over to his grandfather, while the authorities confirmed on Tuesday that his parents were among the seven dead, who was shot by 21-year-old Robert Cremo.
Karimo fired at the crowd at random with a semi-automatic rifle, also wounding more than thirty other people.
Karimo was arrested on Monday evening, and the judiciary charged him with several charges, including the premeditated murder of seven people, and he faced a life sentence without the possibility of obtaining a conditional release.
The fundraising campaign launched Tuesday via GoFundMe to support child Aiden has set her sights on raising half a million dollars. However, on Wednesday afternoon, more than 46,000 donors had collected more than $2.5 million.
One of those donors is billionaire philanthropist William Ackman, who contributed $18,000, according to the site.
On Monday, Ackman condemned, in a tweet on Twitter, the authorities’ standing idly by in front of the ongoing shootings in the United States. On Tuesday, the billionaire retweeted a photo of baby Aiden.
“Aiden will be looked after by his loving family and will have a long way to heal, find stability and, ultimately, go through the battle of life as an orphan,” said Irene Colon, who organized this fundraising campaign with the approval of the child’s family.