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Darrell Brooks appears in court following Wisconsin parade attack

Darrell Brooks appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on charges for allegedly killing six people by ramming his car into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.

Prosecutors revealed the death of a sixth victim, a child, during the hearing, where Mr Brooks bail was set at $5m.

The 39-year-old suspected driver was already facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with a sixth expected in light of the newest death. He was allegedly involved in a “domestic dispute” moments prior to driving onto the parade route, and court records show he has an extensive rap sheet dating back to 1999.

More than $1m has been raised for victims and their families. Jane Kulich (Tamara Durand), Tamara Owen, Wilhelm Hospel and Leanna Owen were all killed. Jackson Sparks was also hurt.

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Who are the Waukesha parade victims?

Six people have died in the wake of Sunday’s tragic parade crash. They are:

Tamara Durand – 52

Ms Durand was a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who worked as a hospice and critical care chaplain. She is survived by her husband, nine of her children and four grandchildren.

Jane Kulich – 52

Ms Kulich was a mother, grandmother and server at Dave’s Family Restaurant in Waukesha. She was marching for Citizens Bank at the time she was killed.

Wilhelm Hospel – 81

Mr Hospel was at the parade as a volunteer for the Dancing Grannies, as his wife is on the team. He is survived by his son, wife and three brothers.

Leanna Owen – 71

Ms Owen was a manager at the Packard Glen Apartments as well as a member of the Dancing Grannies. This was one of her passions, which she loved so much,” the owner of the property told CNN. “She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.”

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson – 79

Ms Sorenson was the leader of the Dancing Grannies and a retired nurse. Her husband is her survivor.

“Everyone who knew Ginny knows she had a special soul, one that radiated with love,” family members wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Jackson Sparks – 8

Jackson died on Tuesday afternoon after he and his 12-year-old brother Tucker were critically injured in the crash.

Megan Sheets24 November 2021 15: 24


Wisconsin lawmakers push for bail reform after Waukesha attack

The deadly Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has sparked a fresh push for bail reform after it was revealed suspect Darrell Brooks was released on $1,000 bail just days before the attack.

Court records revealed Mr Brooks has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 1999 and was charged with recklessly endangering the safety of others three times in less than two years. Brooks was alleged to have run over his mother with his car on November 5.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office recommended a bail of $1,000, which he posted just two days before the parade. Several Wisconsin legislators were outraged at the DA’s decision. They said that a higher bail would have prevented Sunday’s loss of life.

On Tuesday, Cindi Duchow (a Republican from Delafield) reintroduced an amendment to the Constitution that would allow judges in setting bail to take into account the danger a defendant presents to the community.

“I think it’s a wake-up call for everybody,” Ms Duchow said, according to WISN. We have a problem. There are dangerous people that need to be in jail.”

Megan Sheets24 November 2021 14: 45


CWCC urges residents to return to the parade theme of ‘Comfort and Joy’

The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is urging its residents to turn back to the parade theme of ‘Comfort and Joy.’

“Though it’s easy to turn towards anger, we encourage everyone to turn back to the parade theme of Comfort and Joy, and find it however possible,” a statement read on its website.

Expressing their condolences to victims as well as their friends and families, CWCC said, “We are so thankful for all the first responders who came to aid those in need and those in the community who assisted with first aid.”

“We also want to acknowledge and thank the downtown businesses that offered material support and shelter while the police cleared the scene for safety.”

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 13: 33


67 groups participated in the CWCC 2021 Christmas Parade Lineup

The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) has listed 67 other groups including the Dancing Grannies and Waukesha Xtreme Dance team in its 2021 Christmas Parade lineup.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 12: 45


Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team ask media to give them time and space as they try to heal

Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team has asked the media to respect their privacy by giving them time and space to process these tragic events. Sandy Feller posted on behalf of the group: “We at WaukeshaXtreme Dance express our gratitude for their tremendous support.” Sunday was a traumatic nightmare for the children, their families, and our entire community.”

“Our dancers have a multitude of serious physical injuries. Of those, five dancers are currently in the ICU.”

Feller said the group is only beginning to understand the mental trauma.

” We need to heal and understand. We ask that the media and those reaching out to please respect our privacy by giving us time and space to process these tragic events.”

Thanking everyone for their love and support, Feller asked people to keep praying for all the families impacted.

Feller also set up a GoFundme page for anyone wanting to help the victims.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 11: 35


ICYMI: Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way in the eleventh hour

Thomas Kluka Jr, who was at the parade with his wife and teenage daughter and a friend on Sunday, said he saw the SUV coming towards him when he yelled for his family to move.

Gino Spocchia reports.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 11: 01


ICYMI: Grandmother recalls horror of Waukesha attack

Tricia Tucker was attending the parade with her children, grandchildren, other friends and relatives on Sunday when the festive day turned to tragedy as a 39-year-old man with a long rap sheet allegedly plowed into the crowd. Sheila Flynn reports.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 10: 40


Olivia, 8, was dancing for her team when she was hit at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, family say

Eight-year-old Olivia was dancing for her team when she was struck on Sunday during the Waukesha Christmas Parade, the Stover family wrote on a GoFundme fundraiser page.

“She is suffering from two different brain bleeds and multiple other injuries.”

“The Stover family will be incurring large medical costs associated with her care due to this tragic event.”

The Stover family said any donations will go a long way toward helping this special little girl and her family during this rough time.

Jackson Sparks, 8 is the first child to die from injuries.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 09: 54


Fundraiser started by Sparks family raises more than US $ 313,000

A fundraiser started by the niece of Aaron and Sheri Sparks, who have been impacted by the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, has raised more than $313,000 exceeding its initial goal of $20,000.

The Gofundme page was started by Alyssa Albro where she wrote, “The family is facing mounting medical expenses with two children receiving medical treatment, and time away from work.”

“Any donation, large or small, is so appreciated and will make a big difference to the Sparks family.”

“Aaron and Sheri are people of faith, so please continue to lift them and their boys in prayer. Even if you’re not able to give, please share their story.”

Albro later wrote an update thanking people for their support and prayers. “Tucker is by the grace and mercy of God miraculously recovering from his injuries. He will soon be discharged home.

“Our dear Jackson has unfortunately succumbed to his injuries, and passed away,” she wrote.

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 09: 16


“The nature of this offence is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello

“The nature of this offence is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello, said at the hearing on Tuesday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He rocked backwards in his chair and wept throughout Tuesday’s court hearing, with his attorney on his back. A preliminary hearing was set for January. His bail was set at $5million. 14.

Additional charges related to the sixth death and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.

The criminal complaint said 62 people were injured, up from the 48 previously announced by police.

Brooks was accused of speeding off from police and entering Waukesha’s Christmas parade on Sunday night. He refused to stop when an officer banged on his SUV’s hood. Another officer fired three shots at the vehicle but it didn’t stop.

Additional reporting by AP

Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 08: 35

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