A Message from the Village of Glencoe Regarding the Highland Park Shooting:
Yesterday, the fourth of July, a day meant to celebrate our nation and community, we instead were struck by the immeasurable tragedy at the Highland Park parade. Our neighbors in Highland Park face the unspeakable heartbreak that follows such a horrendous event.
“On behalf of the Village Board, our Village employees, and the entire Glencoe community, we grieve with our friends, family, and colleagues in Highland Park. This appalling Fourth of July shooting leaves a hole in our hearts that cannot and will not be forgotten. I want all of Highland Park to know, and especially those who lost family or friends, that the Village of Glencoe stands with you today and always,” said Village President Howard Roin.
The Village leadership team, particularly the Glencoe Public Safety Department, has been in full support of Highland Park since the tragedy began. Glencoe’s first responders immediately provided mutual aid police services and emergency medical services, including treating and transporting victims to area hospitals. Both Village President Roin and Village Manager Phil Kiraly reached out to Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Highland Park City Manager Ghida Neukirch to offer any and all assistance that the Village can provide in the coming days and weeks. We are one community and must support each other, especially in times of great need.
This terrible tragedy has left Glencoe in a state of shock and mourning as we try to process what occurred. This kind of event is horrifying and difficult to comprehend, even when it occurs in a far away place. Yesterday’s murders were not far away. They were next door; we have friends, family, and coworkers who were personally hurt. It can be difficult to process and experience these events, so if you need help, we urge you to seek support and services from our community partners.
Family Service of Glencoe is available to provide counseling services to the community and will be available as needed in the coming days. For families looking for resources on how to talk to your children, Glencoe School District 35 recommends resources from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to best talk to your child about violent acts.
As the aftermath of this horrible event unfolds, Glencoe stands with Highland Park. We are all Highland Park Strong.