HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois (CBS) — The mother of the youngest victim of the 2022 Highland Park Fourth of July Parade shooting said her family will not attend this year’s parade but are continuing their recovery two years later.

Cooper Robertsnow 10, was left paralyzed from the waist down after his spinal cord was severed when he was shot. His twin brother, Luke, was wounded by shrapnel.

Roberts’ mother, Keely, who was also injured in the shooting, spoke about her family’s condition and said they will not attend Thursday’s parade.

“My family and I will not be going to the parade this year. I honestly don’t know if we will ever be able to go to a parade again,” she said.

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Cooper Roberts, now 10, was left paralyzed from the waist down after his spinal cord was severed when he was shot. His twin brother, Luke, was wounded by shrapnel.

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She said Cooper had been unable to chase his brother in the backyard, climb on playground equipment at the park, play on his soccer team or jump on his bed for 730 days.

Keely said Cooper still has a tough road in physical therapy, but he has joined a number of adaptive sports teams. She also discussed how the shooting has affected family members who were not injured and how they have worked together to cope with the trauma.

“Physically, you are constantly reminded that you are not the same person physically as you were before,” she said.

She said the outpouring of support for her family has been greater than she could ever have imagined.

“As damaging and painful as this dark evil is in our lives, it is outweighed and even surpassed by the goodness, the light and the love,” she said.


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Keely said last week that it was difficult when the The accused shooter was expected to change his plea guilty, but didn’t do it.

Instead of attending the parade, Keely said her family plans to celebrate the holiday together with her family.

Thursday marks two years since the shooting seven people killed and 48 others injured.

The parade returns via a different route.

There will also be a memorial ceremony.