The parents of the suspect in the mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois have made a public statement.
Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III is the 21-year-old suspect who has been charged in a shooting incident in which seven people were killed and dozens more were wounded. His parents have released a statement, through their attorney, the day after their son allegedly opened fire on a Fourth of July parade.
“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own,” the couple stated, according to a report from Fox News.
“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to everybody,” the parents continued.
Statement from the family of the #HighlandPark suspect:
“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community…our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to everybody.”
— Chris Tye (@TVTye) July 5, 2022
According to the Illinois State Attorney’s Office, Crimo has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, and more charges are expected. If convicted on the current charges, he faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Crimo has a history of interactions with police and mental health professionals.
Authorities have revealed that an individual told police in April 2019 that Crimo had attempted suicide. The matter was referred to mental health professionals and there was no law enforcement action taken.
Later that year in September, a family member reported that Crimo had a collection of knives and “was going to kill everyone,” authorities said.
After that incident, police responded and removed the weapons. Highland Park police notified State Police but no further action was taken.
Crimo’s former elementary coach, Jeremy Cahnmann, told Fox News Digital that the suspect’s parents were “a problem” and were the last family to pick their child up from his afterschool sports program.
“I remember the parents more than him because they were kind of a problem,” Cahnmann said, adding, “There wasn’t a lot of love in that family.”
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