The family of Katherine Goldstein, who was killed in the mass shooting during the Independence Day Parade in Highland Park on Monday, remembered her as the “best mum in the world” and “d ‘such a good person’.
Here is what his family wrote after his death:
Above all else, Katherine “Katie” Goldstein put family first. “She was the best mom in the world,” her daughters Cassie and Alana said. Her husband Craig, a hospital doctor, was touched by how many people told him Katie was their best friend. She was a kind and generous person to everyone who crossed her path. A friend said: “Katie was such a good person and you became a better person around her.” “I never heard her say anything bad about anyone,” Craig said.
Katie and Craig first met at Marquette University, then reconnected 20 years later. Craig noted that when they first saw each other after 20 years, they both knew they were going to fall in love and get married. Katie has dedicated herself to motherhood and caring for her family. “Raising our daughters, going on adventures together – I was living in a fairy tale,” Craig said.
Katie was Cassie’s biggest fan when she was in the Highland Park High School Marching Band and attended every one of Alana’s musical performances. “She came to my college show the three nights it aired,” Alana recalled. Katie enjoyed playing board games with her family and held late night contests for Bananagrams. She was known to say that even when her daughters went off to college, she didn’t feel like an “empty nester” because she always had Craig at home.
Katie’s kindness and generosity were evident throughout her life. An excellent cook, she always accommodated special requests and prepared meals for extended family and friends. Vegan? Vegetarian? Fish allergy? No problem for Chef Katie. She helped care for her elderly parents in Wisconsin and her stepmother who lived with the Goldsteins in Highland Park. She was a nurturing friend who gave everyone her full attention.
Katie also loved being outdoors, enjoying tours of the Chicago Botanical Garden and involving her whole family in her passion for birdwatching. She loved downhill skiing with her family. She pursued her love of nature and animals by visiting exotic places like the Peruvian Amazon, Costa Rica and Panama.
Goldstein was at the parade with her daughter Cassie Goldstein, who told NBC Nightly News she at first thought the shots were fireworks. But then she looked up and saw the shooter shooting the children.
“And I told her it was a shooter and she had to get away,” Cassie Goldstein said.
They both ran side by side, but her mother was shot in the chest and fell, Cassie Goldstein said.
“I knew she was dead,” Cassie Goldstein said. I “just told him that I love him, but I couldn’t stop, because he kept shooting everyone next to me. So, I kept running and hid behind a trash can.”
When the shooting stopped, she returned to her mother’s house.
Katie Goldstein had been mourning the recent death of her mother and wanted to have fun when she decided to attend the holiday parade, Cassie Goldstein has claimed.
The day before they had gone to the botanical garden, bought Dairy Queen and gone to the movies. On the day of the parade, “My mom was waving at the floats as they passed,” Cassie Goldstein said. “She was having a good time.”
“And I had 22 years with the best mom in the world,” Cassie Goldstein said. “I did everything with her. She was my best friend.”
Katie Goldstein’s husband Craig told NBC Nightly News, “I can’t believe how many best friends Katie has.”
“Katie was the nicest, sweetest person you’ve ever met.”
“She was really selfless and seemingly always optimistic,” he said. “…She touched so many people in a positive way,” he said.