‘Dancing Grannies’ among the dead at the Waukesha Christmas Parade – Crime Online

The man, who was charged with killing five people while driving through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin Sunday night, escaped a domestic disturbance that happened nearby just before the parade.

The man, who was charged with killing five people while driving through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin Sunday night, escaped a domestic disturbance that happened nearby just before the parade.

Waukesha police also named the five victims of the fatal incident: four were members of the beloved Dancing Grannies, a group of grandmothers who have kept the area entertaining with their routines for decades.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, were part of the group Dancing Grannies – Hospel wasn’t a dancer but helped the group. The fifth victim was 42-year-old Jane Kulich, a Citizen Bank employee, who was walking next to the bank’s parade wagon when she was hit, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Forty-eight people were injured Sunday afternoon when a red SUV sped down Waukesha Main Street as the annual parade – which was canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic – was underway. Attendees and spectators were shocked when the vehicle pulled up from behind, snaking across the street between acts, before pulling through a column of the Waukesha South High School Marching Band, beating other contestants along the way. As the vehicle drove away, families rushed from the scene with their children, while others rushed to the aid of the children and adults that had been hit.

A police officer briefly shot the vehicle, Waukesha police chief Dan Thompson said, but the SUV driver did not fire any shots, CrimeOnline previously reported.

Darrell Brooks (Waukesha County Sheriff Office via AP)

Late on Sunday, authorities said they were questioning 39-year-old Darrell Brooks as a person of interest, and on Monday they announced they would refer five cases of first degree willful homicide and other charges to prosecutors.

Thompson told reporters that Brooks was involved in domestic unrest prior to the parade incident but left the scene before police arrived. He said Brooks was not running from the police when he turned on the parade route. Since officials did not know where he was going when he left the site of the domestic unrest, the Journal Sentinel said. Thompson said there was a report that a knife was involved in the disruption, but investigators did not confirm the information.

Brooks was eventually detained not far from the route after officers discovered the SUV parked nearby.

Brooks was released from prison on November 16 after depositing a $ 1,000 bond on November 11. He was arrested when a woman said Brooks had deliberately run her over “in his vehicle” in a gas station parking lot in Milwaukee County after an argument. According to court records, the woman was hospitalized. In July 2020, he was also charged with two counts of recklessly endangering the safety of others with a dangerous weapon. This case was also underway.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney said it was conducting a bail bond review on the case, which it described as “unreasonably low.”

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