National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Act of 2022

Floor Speech

Date: July 13, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SCHNEIDER. Madam Speaker, I rise with my colleagues from Illinois to honor the lives and bless the memory of the seven precious people murdered in a heinous act of evil on July Fourth in Highland Park at our Independence Day Parade.

As I speak now, the residents of Highland Park are also gathering to honor the victims: Katherine Goldstein, Irina McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Stephen Straus, Jacki Sundheim, Nicolas Toledo Zaragoza, and Eduardo Uvaldo.

There are no words to describe the heartbreak of our community, the grief, but also the anger.

These beautiful people were the center of the universe for their families and pillars of strength for their communities. They were loving parents and grandparents, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. They had personal passions and diverse interests. And all loved life. Each one had a special spark that will still burn bright within the people who knew and loved them.

In standing and honoring them, we also confront the fact that, as Rabbi Wendy Geffen poignantly said at one of the funerals: ``We should not have to be here.''

Yet, here we are, giving sorrowful remarks and moments of silence time and time and time again. Every day, in communities across America, we needlessly lose 111 lives to gun violence. No community is left untouched.

Today, we unite and stand with Highland Park as they mourn. Tomorrow, I pray that we can unite in this body to stand up and work together to bring this awful violence to an end.

I ask now that my colleagues in the House join the Illinois delegation in a moment of silence in honor of the victims in Highland Park.

Before we lift our heads, may we take an extra moment to reflect on the many more lives lost to gun violence in the 9 days since. May their memories forever be a blessing.