Highland Park victim's daughter says she 'got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world'

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People’s belongings lie abandoned along the parade route after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. July 5, 2022.
People’s belongings lie abandoned along the parade route after a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. July 5, 2022.Cheney Orr/Reuters
  • A Highland Park shooting victim's daughter said she 'got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world'

  • Katherine Goldstein was one of seven killed in the massacre at the town's annual Fourth of July parade.

  • Her daughter told NBC News that she was with her mother when the shooting started.

The daughter of a woman killed in the Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July shooting said she "got to have 22 years with the best mom in the world."

Cassie Goldstein told NBC News' Lester Holt that her mother, Katherine Goldstein, was enjoying the parade before the shooting started.

"She was waving to the floats," she said. "Every float that went by, she waved to them."

When the shooting began, Cassie said she told her mom to run.

"I started running with her, and we were next to each other, and he shot her in the chest, and she fell down," Cassie Goldstein recalled of the massacre. "I knew she was dead, so I just told her that I loved her, but I couldn't stop because he was still shooting everyone next to me."

 

Katherine Goldstein was 64 years old. The New York Times reported she took 22-year-old Cassie to the parade to reunite with friends from high school.

Cassie Goldstein's sister, Alana Goldstein, told The Times that her mother liked to play word games with her kids.

Their father, Craig Goldstein, told The Times his wife never complained and "was always along for the ride."

Goldstein was one of seven killed in the Highland Park parade shooting when a gunman opened fire on crowds from the rooftop of a nearby building, police said. At least 31 more were injured in the carnage.

Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said on Tuesday that a 21-year-old shooting suspect was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional clarity Insider has learned about what happened when the shooting in Highland Park began.

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