Who Is Aiden Mccarthy? Toddler Left Alone After Parents Were Killed In Highland Park Shooting, GoFundme Update

Aiden Mccarthy left orphaned after Highland Park shooting ( Source : Cbsnews )


Aiden Mccarthy lost both of his parents in the highland shooting.

A total of six innocent lives were lost in the Highland Shooting incident when a shooter shot fire in July 4 parade. Until now, the police have identified five victims of age from 35 years - 88 years old.

Aiden has one of the most heartwrenching stories of all. Though he did not lose his life, he lost everything in his life at so young. 

Who Is Aiden Mccarthy? Toddler Left Alone After Highland Park Shooting

Aiden Mccarthy is a two-year-old toddler left alone after his parents were killed in the Highland Park shooting.

After the horrific July 4 incident in Highland Park, a picture of a toddler roaming in the park started to surface on the internet. The boy turned out to be Aiden Mccarthy.

According to witnesses, Aiden's father, Kevin McCarthy, died while saving his son. He reportedly used his body as a human shield to protect his son. Likewise, Aiden's mother, Irina, also lost her life in the shooting. 

Luckily, the child was not injured. He was picked up by a couple, Dana and Greg Ring, who later handed him to the detectives. 

Aiden's Parents Were Killed In Highland Park Shooting: Is He With Grandparents? 

Aiden's parents were late Kevin and Irina McCarthy.  

Aiden Mccarthy's parents (late Irina and kevin Mccarthy) killed in shooting
Aiden Mccarthy's parents (late Irina and kevin Mccarthy) killed in shooting ( Source : Chicago )

Irina was born to Michael Levberg and Nina Levberg in Russia. The family moved to the USA, where they settled in Chicago. Moreover, she was the only child in the family.

She attended Stevenson High School while working as a waitress. Later, she graduated from DePaul University and landed a digital marketing job in the pharmaceutical industry.

While working in the pharmaceuticals, Irina met her future husband, Kevin. He was employed in a gene therapy startup at that time. The two eventually married and had Aiden about two and a half years ago.

Kevin was 37 years old, and Irina was 35 years old in age. 

Aiden's grandfather later discovered the photo. He immediately picked up his grandson from the police station and assured him, "Mommy and Daddy are coming soon." Only to find out that both his daughter and son-in-law were killed in the massacre.


GoFundme on Facebook Update - Fundraising set for Aiden 

Concerned ones soon stepped up a GoFundMe page for Aiden McCarthy and shared it on Facebook.

According to reports, Aiden will now be raised by his grandparents. Nonetheless, he will still require financial and emotional help as he grows up parentless in the future.

The Fund, set up by someone named Irina Colon, reads, " On behalf of his family, and with their permission, I am establishing this fundraiser to support him and the caregivers who will be tasked with raising, caring for, and supporting Aiden as he and his support system embark on this unexpected journey."

Though the initial aim was to raise half a million dollars, this number was already exceeded with a total of $1.6 million and over 30.7k donors on the list.