Parents of Highland Park suspect Robert Crimo III offer ‘thoughts and prayers’

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the family expressed, “This devastating incident is a profound tragedy for our own family, as well as for the community, the individuals participating in the parade, the victims, and numerous other families. We are all deeply affected, including sisters, brothers, fathers, and mothers.”

“Our hearts, sentiments and prayers are extended to everyone.”

The parents also mentioned that they “ask for everyone to respect their privacy as they attempt to navigate this tragic situation,” according to their lawyer, Steve Greenberg from Greenberg Trial Lawyers.

Bob Crimo and wife Denise offered their "thoughts and prayers" over mass shooting their son has been charged with.
Bob Crimo and wife Denise offered their “thoughts and prayers” over the mass shooting their son has been charged with.
Robert Crimo
Crimo’s father, also named Robert, was seen near the family home.
Denise Crimo
Denise Crimo and husband Bob broke their silence after the shooting their son has been charged with.
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The family’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, released the statement after going on an anti-assault rifle tirade.

Prior to being kept, Greenberg had erupted in anger about the shooting incident and the absence of regulations on firearm management.

“Mitch McConnell and [Ted Cruz], F, both have a fondness for them,” he mentioned. “These weapons are incredibly popular and necessary. It’s baffling how some individuals have such misguided opinions. This is my hometown where I was raised and grew up.”

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In September 2019, the father of the suspect, his recent customer, played a crucial part in enabling his son to purchase firearms despite the 21-year-old aspiring rapper’s declaration of intent to “eliminate everyone” in his household. He expressed his support for the post even as it came to light.

On Tuesday, Greenberg insisted that his son’s sponsored mayoral candidate, who had no idea about the threats or the collection of 16 knives, had only confiscated a sword and a dagger during his spree of gun-buying.

Robert Crimo
The suspect’s dad, Bob Crimo, sponsored him so he could get guns.
The couple’s lawyer said they are requesting privacy at this time.
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Late on Tuesday, the Illinois State Police insisted on investigating the threat that the father claimed when they found the knives stored in the closet of the individual. It was important to ensure the safety of the person.

“According to that information, the Highland Park Police returned the knives to the father later that afternoon,” the authority stated.

The local police were alerted by them to the fact that there was a clear and present danger, which the state police force subsequently confirmed.

Suspected shooter Robert Crimo seen leaving the scene of the rampage
The suspect was able to buy weapons despite being flagged as a “clear and present danger.”

The police stated that they would have the authority to take further action if the family, including one member who was unwilling to provide information on mental health or threats, did not come forward with a complaint, and there were no arrests made in the September 2019 incident.

The report indicates that when the individual asked if he felt like harming himself or others, he responded with a firm “no” and went home when the police arrived.

Robert Crimo III
Robert Crimo III bought guns despite earlier threatening to kill his family, police said.
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The police state closed the force, and Crimo’s application for a firearm owner identification card (FOID) could be pending denial or revocation because he did not possess it.

Police said that when Crimo was 19 years old, his father sponsored him to obtain his first four FOID cards, despite his small arsenal of weapons. This happened just three months later.

Because Crimo had not been arrested or had any concerns raised about his mental health, Illinois’ “red flag” law was designed to prevent people deemed to have violent tendencies from obtaining guns and avoid potential acts of violence. This measure also aimed to protect Crimo’s family and the public.

Message at a Highland Park vigil says that "thoughts and prayers are not enough."
A message at a Highland Park vigil says, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
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As per the state police, long after the occurrences in 2019 that caught the attention of law enforcement, he successfully completed four background checks when acquiring his firearms, all of which were carried out in 2020 and 2021.

During the July Fourth parade, he allegedly bought at least five guns, including an AR-15 rifle-style weapon, and used them to kill at least 30 people.

“I am completely opposed to assault weapons,” declaring, Greenberg remained firm in his previous criticisms regardless of his client’s involvement in assisting his son in acquiring firearms.

He strongly emphasized that the emphasis should be on the state law enforcement rather than his client.

He posted on Twitter, “do THEY permit the purchase of assault firearms? And did THEY authorize a FOID card why question should Police State Illinois.”

Crimo was charged on Tuesday with seven instances of first-degree murder and could potentially receive a mandatory life sentence if found guilty.