Highland Park shooter’s strange ‘affinity’ with numbers four and seven – the date of the massacre


REVEALED: Highland Park shooter had a strange ‘affinity’ with the numbers four and seven – the date of the massacre – and even had them tattooed on his face

  • Robert Crimo, 21, had the numbers four and seven tattooed onto his right cheek
  • His silver Honda Acura had the numbers painted on the door
  • The number reflects the date of his July 4 attack, which left seven people dead
  • Crimo attended several Trump rallies: if re-elected, he will be the 47th president
  • Crimo also tweeted seven rows of the numbers repeating
  • Highland Park police say the number ‘comes from music that he’s interested in’
  • On his Spotify account, Crimo rapped under the name Awake The Rapper
  • He used chat forums with the name Awake47 

Robert Crimo, 21, had the numbers four and seven tattooed onto his face

Robert Crimo, 21, had the numbers four and seven tattooed onto his face

The Illinois gunman who murdered seven people on July 4 had an obsession with the numbers four and seven, which police are investigating as they try to ascertain his motive.

Robert Crimo, 21, had the numbers tattooed onto his right cheek, and painted onto the door of his silver Acuna.

He clearly ‘had an affinity’ for the figures, said Christopher Covelli, spokesman for Lake County major crime task force.

Crimo staged his attack on the date that matched the letters.

He was a fan of Donald Trump, attending several of his rallies: Trump, if re-elected, will be the 47th president.

Robert Crimo is shown on Wednesday, appearing in court via Zoom, where he confirmed his name and was held in custody

Robert Crimo is shown on Wednesday, appearing in court via Zoom, where he confirmed his name and was held in custody

The gunman's car outside his home in Highland Park, Illinois, on Tuesday. He was obsessed with the number 47 - which is the date of July 4th in reverse

The gunman’s car outside his home in Highland Park, Illinois, on Tuesday. He was obsessed with the number 47 – which is the date of July 4th in reverse 

On September 7, 2020, Crimo was pictured attending a Trump rally in Highland Park while dressed as Where’s Waldo.

Another picture has emerged showing the suspect wrapped in a Trump flag, at a September 20, 2020 rally in Northbrook, Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune described the Northbrook rally – which the then-president did not attend – as ‘tense’, because counter-protesters showed up. There was no violence.

Crimo also reportedly used the name ‘Awake47’ for an online forum where he and others regularly posted images of the aftermath of violence.

Crimo’s obsession ‘apparently comes from music that he’s interested in,’ Covelli said.

Christopher Covelli, pictured on Wednesday, said that Crimo 'had an affinity with' the numbers four and seven

Christopher Covelli, pictured on Wednesday, said that Crimo ‘had an affinity with’ the numbers four and seven

Crimo describes himself as a ‘hip hop phenom’ on his IMDb page, and went by the stage name ‘Awake the Rapper.’

In one of the songs, Crimo rapped: ‘My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary, I know what I have to do, I know what’s in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.’

He received 16,000 listens a month on Spotify.

Officials not explain why the numbers were affiliated with music, but the New York Post reported that there is a well-known time signature ‘7/4″ used in songs such as Pink Floyd’s Money and Alice in Chains’ Them Bones.

Music videos posted by Crimo online last fall include a drawing of himself shooting people online, and a disturbing clip of himself throwing bullets on the floor of a classroom while wearing armor, in what appears to be a joke about school shootings.

Crimo also had a Discord server where he would chat with friends and fans.

His most recent post was a picture of Budd Dwyer, the Pennsylvania state treasurer who killed himself on live TV in the 1980s, which he captioned: ‘I wish politicians still gave speeches like this.’

Crimo has attended multiple Trump rallies in the past. One of which was described as 'tense' after counter-protesters showed up, according to the Chicago Tribune

Crimo attended multiple Trump rallies including one where he dressed up as Where's Waldo

Crimo, 21, is now in custody for yesterday’s shooting. His motive remains unclear. His family say the Trump-supporting youngster was acting ‘normally’ the night before the attack, despite his sinister online presence. He is shown in photos taken at a Trump rally, left, and with a Trump flag draped around his neck, right 

He also made references to suicide and frequently posted on a message board discussing graphic depictions of murder and death, including a recent video he shared of a beheading.

Crimo operated two YouTube channels, both of which have now been deleted for ‘violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.’

One of the tracks posted on YouTube begins as a slow ballad, including the lines: ‘You’re always on my mind. Cutie with the fat ass, I wanna make you mine. I’m running out of time. Shorty we can skip class, smoke and chill online.’

The song has a sudden change in tempo and shows Crimo reaching into a backpack.

The screen goes black and when the music returns it’s dubbed with maniacal laughter and fast-paced piano music, and a heavy drum beat.

The video then shows the classroom ransacked with the suspect smiling.

Crimo is clad in a combat helmet as he falls to the floor clutching his face and dropping bullets to the floor.

The bio goes on to say that his music career began when he was 11 when Crimo began uploading music online.

His music is in the genre of LoFi rap, according to his Spotify page.

He has released three albums, the first in 2017 titled ‘Messages,’ that was followed with 2018’s ‘Observer’ and 2021’s self-titled ‘Awake the Rapper.’

This year he released an EP titled: ‘Brainwashed.’ The tracks included: ‘Dead Again’ and ‘I Am the Storm.’

Death toll in Highland Park July Fourth shooting rises to seven

The number of people who have died in the Highland Park Fourth of July massacre has risen to seven, as of Wednesday morning. 

The victims include Stephen Straus, 88; Katherine Goldstein, 64; Jacki Sundheim, 63; Nicholas Toledo Zaragoza, 78; Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, and husband and wife Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37. 

On Wednesday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office revealed that the seventh victim, Uvaldo, died at Evanston Hospital around 8am. The number of injured now stands at 46, and they range in age from 8 to 85 years old.

Robert Crimo, 21, appeared in Lake County court on Wednesday morning after being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. He is expected to face a slew of other charges, and is being held without bail.

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart told the court that Crimo carried out a ‘calculated and premeditated attack’. He said Crimo confessed to standing on a roof above the parade route, and took aim at people standing across the street, reloading his Smith & Wesson AR-15 rifle three times. 

Police recovered 83 spent casings from the roof. 

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37, were both killed in the massacre. Their two-year-old son, Aiden, was pulled from underneath his father's body

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37, were both killed in the massacre. Their two-year-old son, Aiden, was pulled from underneath his father’s body

Nicolas Toledo, 76, hadn't wanted to attend the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Ill., on Monday, his granddaughter told the New York Times. But because of his disabilities that restricted him to a wheelchair, and his family's insistence of going, he obliged

Jacki Sundheim, a longtime staffer at North Shore Congregation Israel, was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday

Nicolas Toledo, 76, had not wanted to attend the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Ill., on Monday, his granddaughter because he was in a wheelchair

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37, were the parents of a two-year-old boy, Aiden, who is now orphaned. He was pulled from underneath his father’s body and taken care of by paradegoers. 

Nicolas Toledo, 76 was the first victim to be identified. He was a grandfather visiting his family from Mexico. His family said he was shot in the head as he sat in his wheelchair, his blood splattering on them. 

Toledo had not wanted to attend the parade, his granddaughter told the New York Times. But because of his disabilities that restricted him to a wheelchair, and his family’s insistence of going, he obliged. 

Another victim, Jacki Sundheim was a longtime teacher at the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue. She is survived by her husband Bruce and daughter Leah, the Times of Israel reported. 

‘There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death,’ the synagogue said in a statement.

Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, who was in hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm and back of the head, died on Wednesday. His wife, Maria, was hit in the head by fragments, and his grandson received a gunshot wound to the arm but is stable.

On Wednesday, Katherine Goldstein’s daughter Cassie described how her mother was shot in the chest and fell down dead in front of her. 

‘He shot her in the chest, and she fell down. And I knew she was dead,’ Cassie told NBC Nightly News. ‘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, pictured left, was among the people killed in the Highland Park parade mass shooting on July 4

Katherine Goldstein, pictured left, was among the people killed in the Highland Park parade mass shooting on July 4

Steve Straus, 88, was among the seven people who were killed during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade massacre

Eduardo Uvaldo died on Wednesday. Family said he had been shot in the arm and back of the head

Steve Straus, 88, (left) was among the seven people who were killed during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade massacre. Eduardo Uvaldo, 65, (right) died on Wednesday. Family said he had been shot in the arm and back of the head

A local doctor who rushed into the carnage described the shooting victims as being ‘blown up’ by the attacker’s high-powered weapon.

Dr. David Baum, a long-time obstetrician in Highland Park, was attending the parade with his wife and children to watch his two-year-old grandson participate. When the shots rang out and others fled, he ran into the fray to try to help the victims.

In an interview with CNN, Baum described seeing victims with ‘wartime’ and ‘unspeakable’ injuries.

‘The people who were gone were blown up by that gunfire,’ Baum said. ‘The horrific scene of some of those bodies is unspeakable for the average person.’

‘Having been a physician, I’ve seen things in ERs, you know, you do see lots of blood. But the bodies were literally – some of the bodies – there was an evisceration injury from the power of this gun and the bullets.’

‘There was another person who had an unspeakable head injury. Unspeakable,’ he said told CNN. 

‘And the injuries  that I saw – I never served – but those are wartime injuries. Those are what are seen in victims of war, not victims at a parade,’ Baum said. 

Baum said there were at least three doctors, a nurse, and a nurse practitioner who joined him in treating victims. He recalled paramedics covering up victims who they knew were dead at the scene.  

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