Police have identified the five people killed by the driver who crashed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Monday that the victims ranged in age from 52 to 81, and three of them belonged to an older women’s dance group called the “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.”
Virginia “Jenny” Sorenson, 79, Liana Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, were members of the dance group, while 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the fourth victim, was helping the group because his wife was a member.
The fifth victim, 52-year-old Jane Kulich, was a bank employee who was walking with the company’s motorcade.
The Dancing Grannies, known for entertaining crowds with dancing and dancing, confirmed on social media that some of the victims were part of their group.
“Our group was doing what they love, performing in front of the crowds in a procession that put smiles on the faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,” the group said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“Those who died were very excited grandmothers. Their eyes shone… the joy of being the grandmother. They were the glue… brought us together,” the group added.
Her husband David said Durand, the youngest in The Dancing Grannies, was performing with the band for the first time.
“I couldn’t get close to her body because they were blocking everything. There were a lot of dead bodies and injured people so it wasn’t easy to see at first. So I had to identify her in the mortuary New York Post.
Before the tragedy, in her last Facebook post, she shared photos of her in show clothes, holding the white balls. “Here we go! Premiere! So excited,” she wrote.
Colitch’s daughter, Taylor Smith, said her mother was representing her employer, Citizens Bank, when she was murdered. “She was an adorable mother and grandmother. Everyone loved her,” Smith said. CNN.
At least 40 people, including children, were injured after an SUV crashed into the show and crashed into band members and fans who walked in close formation.
Witnesses described the accident as “horrific” and said the “quiet” driver was “walking from side to side, targeting people”.
Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, a children’s hospital in Milwaukee, confirmed it had treated 18 minor victims, ages 3 to 16. Six of the injured children required surgery, while 10 remained in intensive care as of Monday noon.
Angelito Tenorio, a local, said he had just finished walking the parade when she “put the pedal to the metal” and started zooming in at full speed along the parade route.
“Then we heard a loud bang, deafening screams and screams from the people who had been hit by the car,” he said. Guardian magazine.
The suspected driver, Daryl Brooks, 39, faces five counts of first-degree murder.
He was allegedly involved in an “internal conflict” moments before he was driven on the parade route. Court records showed that he had a comprehensive rap newspaper dating back to 1999.