Highland Park holds community vigil following Independence Day parade shooting

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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jul 13, 2022

A vigil was held in Highland Park, Illinois on Wednesday evening, nine days after a gunman opened fire at a 4th of July parade, killing seven and wounding dozens.

This week, survivors from last week’s massacre gathered in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to toughen U.S. gun laws. A recent bipartisan gun law signed by President Joe Biden does not go far enough, according to survivors who traveled to the capital.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering was also in Washington this week as she attended a gathering at the White House that included survivors and victims’ families from past mass shootings.

Highland Park has a ban on assault-style rifles, but Rotering said the federal government should ban the weapons nationwide. Biden also said he supports renewing an assault-rifle ban akin to one in law from 1994-2004.

The vigil was scheduled to be held at Highland Park’s City Hall starting at 7 p.m. CT.