Waukesha: Dancing Grannies mourn three members as 'the glue that held us together'
By SEAMLESS DAILY
23 November 2021
three members of the milwaukee dancing grannies group for grandmothers that has been a fixture in the community for nearly four decades.
Police in Wausheka, Wisconsin say Brooks was allegedly fleeing a domestic disturbance with a report of a knife when he drove through the parade, Police Chief Dan Thompson said Monday.
the victims have been identified as virginia sorenson, 79; leanna owens, 71; tamara durand, 52; jane kulich, 52; and wilhelm hospel, 81.
The Dancing Grannies had been founded in 1984 and usually performed 25 times a year, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Mrs Sorenson, a nurse, was a 19-year veteran of the group and, with her husband, had three children and six grandchildren.
her husband david told the journal sentinel : "she danced.
they added : "our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages," the group wrote in a statement on facebook.
"Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies."
A vigil was held on Monday night, as a further nine victims- most of them children- remained in hospital, two of them in critical condition and seven listed as serious.
Police had not been chasing him at the time, police chief Dan Thompson said, adding that the Milwaukee resident is likely to face five charges of intentional homicide.
The five people killed by a driver who rammed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday evening have been identified.
At least 48 people were injured when Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, drove his SUV through a barricade and into parade attendees, killing five people aged 52 to 81, authorities said.
Police said they were responding to a domestic incident involving Mr Brooks when he fled the scene and mowed through the parade crowd.
Waukesha police also said the incident was not an act of terrorism.
Children's Wisconsin, a paediatric hospital in Milwaukee, confirmed it treated 18 minor victims, ranging in age from three to 16 years old.
their ages range from 3 years old to 16 and include three sets of siblings.
Ten children required treatment in the intensive care unit.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said one of its priests, as well as multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children, were injured in the incident.
"A lone subject intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades and into a crowd of people that was celebrating the Waukesha Christmas parade," city police chief Dan Thompson told reporters at a news conference on Monday.
BBC News has also reviewed the records belonging to the suspect.
Corey Montiho, whose daughter's dance team was hit by the SUV, told the paper : "There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere.
Mayor Shawn Reilly described the incident as a "horrible, senseless tragedy".
Video from the tragedy showed a red SUV barrelling at high speed into band members and cheerleaders marching in close formation, striking multiple people and scattering the crowd.
It's unclear if any of their members were among the deceased.
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