Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo III reportedly tried to kill himself at least twice in front of friends – only for his father to allegedly block a concerned local who flagged his suicidal tendencies in a private Facebook message.

Former friends and parents have now revealed the lonely child experienced a ‘downward spiral’ and had attempted suicide and talked about overdosing. 

A mother of two of Crimo’s skatepark friends, who asked to remain anonymous, said the 21-year-old used to come to her home often in 2016 and 2017. 

 She also said Crimo had threatened and attempted to kill himself a few times while he was hanging out with her kids and that he struggled with self-harm and suicidal thoughts as early as 2016.

She described the then-boy as polite and quiet and would have ‘never guessed that he would hurt a fly.’ 

‘Hurt himself? Yes. But hurt someone else? No,’ the mom told the Daily Beast. ‘He was a sweet kid, but he hurt. He was very, very much a loner and depressed. And I think his emotional instability was kind of brushed under the rug by his family.’ 

Another friend of Crimo reportedly messaged his father on Facebook in 2015 after he said ‘some concerning things’ about overdosing, she told the Beast. She also said Crimo Senior had blocked her.  

Crimo’s parents’ attorney George Gomez told the Beast he was ‘not aware’ of ‘anything like that happening in 2016.’ He also said they ‘didn’t follow’ their son on social media and did not know about his rapping. 

 Formers friends and friend’s parents revealed that Highland Park shooter Bobby Crimo, 21, had attempted suicide multiple times in 2016 and 2017 and had threatened to overdose 

One former friend reportedly messaged Crimo's father (left) in 2015 to warn him about his son threatening to overdose, but the father allegedly blocked her. Another friend reportedly warned them again at their home a few weeks later, but his parents (pictured together) said they do not recall that

One former friend reportedly messaged Crimo’s father (left) in 2015 to warn him about his son threatening to overdose, but the father allegedly blocked her. Another friend reportedly warned them again at their home a few weeks later, but his parents (pictured together) said they do not recall that 

Crimo posted several music videos under the alias Awake the Rapper. One of his videos, show a depiction of a shooting being gunned down police. Another showed him inside a classroom, draped in the American flag, and wearing tactical gear. 

He also reportedly had a Discord channel, which has since been disabled, where he posted a beheading video and reportedly interacted with a devoted to death message board, according to NBC New York.  

Now, the anonymous mother is wondering how Crimo’s parents were able to say there was nothing wrong with their child, as she said there were many warning signs.

‘I thought it was a joke when his uncle came out and said: “There were no signs of this. He was always this quiet kid, working in his apartment and behind the house.” When it was like he had tried killing himself twice when he was hanging out with my [children], so how could you say there was no signs of this?’

Crimo’s father even sponsored a gun permit application, despite the 2019 police reports indicating he had tried to kill himself and in a separate occasion, threatened to kill his family. Gomez said the father had arrived home after police had arrived in 2019. 

‘I think there’s a lot of balls dropped, no matter which way you look at it, the mother said. ‘Parents, the government itself. I mean, if what they are saying is true on the report that happened back in 2019, why would his father sponsor him to legally purchase these guns?’ 

Weeks later, another mutual friend would go over to Crimo’s house and voice concern as well, the friend told the Daily Beast. 

‘He felt a lot of times that his parents didn’t care about him,’ the friend told the Beast. 

‘From what it sounded like, his parents worked a lot,’ the friend told the outlet. ‘If they weren’t home, they were working, and when they were home, they were resting or sleeping. So Bobby was always out doing his own thing. 

‘He felt alone and misunderstood. He said a couple of times he wished he was like other kids. He was, but he didn’t think so,’ they said. 

Crimo’s parents have denied ever hearing warnings about their son, Gomez told the Beast. 

Pesina was pictured arriving home from Target on Wednesday, two days after her son killed seven people attending a July 4 parade

Pesina was pictured arriving home from Target on Wednesday, two days after her son killed seven people attending a July 4 parade 

Crimo is pictured with his mother as a teenager

Crimo is pictured with his mother as a teenager 

The 2019 police report after Highland Park Police paid a wellness check on Crimo following violent threats against his family

The 2019 police report after Highland Park Police paid a wellness check on Crimo following violent threats against his family

An April 2019 police report, obtained by the Daily Beast, showed police had performed a welfare check on Crimo and had reported he had attempted to ‘commit suicide by machete’ and was ‘known to use marijuana.’ 

In September 2019, police turned up again to the Highland Park residence and a police report allegedly stated he had threatened to kill his whole family.  

Police confiscated 16 knives, a 12-inch dagger and a 24-inch samurai sword during the wellness check, according to the report, but returned them to Crimo’s father, who claimed they were his, which is one of the reasons why, police officers said, the young shooter passed the Red Flag law.

Even though, as the documents show, Crimo was deemed a ‘clear and present danger,’ who, ‘if granted access to a firearm or firearm ammunition poses an actual, imminent threat of substantial bodily harm to themselves or another person[s] that is articulable and significant or who will likely act in a manner dangerous to the public interest.’ 

Police also reportedly filed a ‘clear and present danger’ foam with the Illinois State Police. State police would later determine that Crimo did not meet the criteria to be considered a danger. 

Despite the incident, Crimo’s father helped him apply for a firearm owner identification card (FOID) mere weeks later, and Crimo passed four Illinois background checks to purchase the gun he would go on to murder seven people with three years later.

Crimo’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told Fox 32 that the process was ‘no different than signing up your kid for driver’s ed.’

‘He bought everything on his own, and they’re registered to him,’ the elder Crimo told the New York Post. ‘You know, he drove there, he ordered them, he picked them up, they did his background check on each one.’ 

The news came as a photo of the second gun Crimo carried on the day of the shooting was revealed. He allegedly considered using it in a second attack on another parade but changed his mind at the last minute.

 Crimo also had about 60 rounds of ammunition on him, according to police. 

However, a Civil Defense Attorney Stephan Blandin told the Beast that it was ‘bizarre’ for the father to sign for an ‘obviously mentally troubled kid.’ 

Gomez dismissed any idea of criminal charges against the father. 

The skatepark mom also said Crimo grew up in an unstable home and that his parents lived in separate homes. She said the shooter’s mother wanted a divorce and to ‘move on with her kids.’ 

Highland Park shooter Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 21, told cops he was a depressed drug user during a wellness check three years ago, documents show.

Highland Park shooter Robert 'Bobby' Crimo III, 21, told cops he was a depressed drug user during a wellness check three years ago, documents show.

Highland Park shooter Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, 21, told cops he was a depressed drug user during a wellness check three years ago, documents show. 

‘But I don’t think that was ever really an option for her unfortunately,’ she told the Beast. ‘I think they worried about what the outsiders thought versus what their son actually needed.’ 

She also said she no longer recognizes Bobby and ‘feels bad’ because he ‘needed help and couldn’t get the help,’ but she didn’t excuse his actions. 

‘I think he just wanted to be loved, and there was a lot of stuff going on in the family dynamic between his mother and father. And I feel like he just wanted to be wanted and not a burden on anybody,’ she told the Beast. 

Another parent Michele Rebollar – whose late son was friends with Crimo – also echoed similar statements. 

‘There’s no justification, he could have got help, he could have told somebody, but if you’ve never had somebody to tell, how do you even know who to tell, if no one’s ever been there for you?’ she told the Beast. 

She also said Crimo had spoken at her son’s funeral and he no longer resembles the little kid who said her son had made him feel ‘like I wasn’t alone anymore, like I had somebody there, like, that was actually there.’  

Other court documents suggested that Crimo’s parents weren’t always thinking of his well-being, as one document said his mother had left her small son in a hot car for 27 minutes as a toddler. His mother was later convicted over the incident.

The disturbing 2002 incident was one of multiple brushes with the law Crimo’s mom Denise Pesina and dad Bob Crimo Jr had with cops prior to Monday’s massacre in Chicago that killed seven.

It is unclear if the hot car incident left Crimo with any physical or mental injuries that may have ultimately led to the horrific shootout.  

Police were also called to his family’s home 10 times, to reports of domestic violence. Those incidents included Denise Pesina allegedly attacking her husband with a screwdriver and shoe after he berated her looks.  

The report details nine instances cops were called to the Crimo family home in Highwood between 2010 and 2014, often to address physical disputes between the youth’s mother and father, Robert Crimo Jr. and Denise Pesina.

During one drunken altercation in August 2010, Crimo Jr. told police responding to a domestic abuse call  that Pesina had struck him in the head with her shoe.

Crimo Jr. – who unsuccessfully ran for Mayor in Highland Park in 2019 – reportedly told officers that his relationship with Pesina was ‘failing,’ and that she was intoxicated.

Robert Crimo Jr. said he was 'not worried' about being found culpable for the massacre

Robert Crimo Jr. (left) told ABC 7 Chicago that all he did was fill out a basic consent form allowing his son, Robert Crimo III, 21, (right) to go through the Illinois State Police process of receiving a firearm owner identification card (FOID) required for ownership.

A Remington 700 rifle similar to one owned by Crimo

A Glock 43 pistol similar to one owned by Crimo

Photos of weapons similar to what Crimo owned. He used a Smith & Wesson M&P similar to the top photo in the shooting. He also owned a Remington 700 rifle (bottom left) and a Glock 43 pistol (bottom right)

Pesina, meanwhile, told police that Crimo Jr. had ‘disrespected and belittled’ her by making disparaging remarks about her appearance. She said those comments spurred her to drink.

In October 2010, police recorded another incident were they were called to the home because of a reported fight between Pesina and Crimo Jr. 

The encounter saw Pesina hit Crimo Jr. with a screwdriver, the aspiring statesman told police. He added that his wife had been ‘trash-talking’ him, knocked all his belongings off his dresser, before bludgeoning him with the backside of the tool. 

Pesina argued that Crimo Jr. had been ‘making mean statements to me like always, calling me names.’ 

Another two calls saw the parents call the police on one another for attempts to drive while intoxicated.

On both occasions, the calls devolved into domestic disputes involving police.

In June 2011, Crimo Jr. called cops to report that Pesina was attempting to drive to pick up her daughter, Crimo’s sister, while intoxicated. 

Pesina confronted Crimo Jr. about this, cops said, where at which point Pesina blocked the dad from leaving, spurring him to call police.

Court records show Pesina pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Lake County in 2012. 

In 2002, Pesina was slapped with a child endangerment charge, after leaving Crimo III alone in a car with the windows rolled up for 27 minutes in the parking lot of a toy store, court records show. 

It was approximately 80 degrees outside during that incident.

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. 

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 8 a.m. The number of injured victims now stands at 46, ranging in age from 8 to 85 years old.

Robert Crimo, 21, appeared in Lake County court on Wednesday, 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, Ill., 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 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.  

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. 

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 8 a.m. The number of injured victims now stands at 46, ranging in age from 8 to 85 years old.

Robert Crimo, 21, appeared in Lake County court on Wednesday, 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, Ill., 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 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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