Man who let Darrell Brooks into his home minutes after Christmas Parade killings says he sat on sofa


A Wisconsin resident who unwittingly let the Christmas Parade ‘killer’ into his home minutes after the massacre has revealed how the ‘nervous’ stranger sat on the sofa, called his mom and ‘lied about everything.’

Daniel Rider said he was sitting in his living room watching the Cowboys against the Chiefs when Darrell Brooks started banging on his door, pleading for help on Sunday night.

Doorbell footage shows a frantic Brooks, 39, hammering on the front door and claiming he was waiting for a Uber – just 20 minutes after he plowed his SUV into the parade leaving six dead, including an eight-year-old boy.

Rider had no idea of the carnage that had just unfolded in downtown Waukesha and decided he should let the shivering man into his home, remembering a recent sermon his mother had told him about helping the homeless.

‘So I was like, “Oh! This was my chance to help somebody. I’m going to warm him up and give him some food,”‘ Rider told CBS.

He lent Brooks his jacket and made him a sandwich, and also gave the stranger his phone who then made several calls to his mom. 

Rider said Brooks brazenly asked him if he knew what was going on downtown – but he had no idea because he had been watching the football, and Brooks was holding his phone which was by this stage receiving ‘shelter in place’ alerts.

‘He is he is telling me that, “Oh, is there something going on downtown?” I was like, “There’s a parade today.” And he was like, “Oh, that’s probably the parade.” So he was just completely putting on a face and lying about everything,’ Rider said.

Around ten minutes later, Brooks started ‘getting real nervous’ because a police car was driving up and down the street. Rider then asked him to leave.

Brooks was arrested shortly after with dramatic footage from Rider’s doorbell camera showing the suspect raising his hands on the porch as patrol cars surround the property.

Darrell Brooks, who is accused of mowing down scores of parade goers in Waukesha on Sunday and killing five people has been captured in a doorbell camera hammering on a stranger's door claiming he waiting for an Uber - just 20 minutes after the attack

Darrell Brooks, who is accused of mowing down scores of parade goers in Waukesha on Sunday and killing five people has been captured in a doorbell camera hammering on a stranger’s door claiming he waiting for an Uber – just 20 minutes after the attack

Daniel Rider

Rider's home in suburban Waukesha

Daniel Rider (left, with his girlfriend) said he was watching the football when Darrell Brooks started hammering on his door on Sunday night (his home, right) 

SIXTH VICTIM: Jackson Sparks, 8, died of his injuries in the hospital, it was learned Tuesday

Jackson Sparks (below) is pictured with his older brother Tucker, 12 (above). Jackson's death was confirmed on Tuesday. Jackson is the youngest of the six victims from the Christmas parade tragedy

SIXTH VICTIM: Jackson Sparks, 8, died of his injuries in the hospital, it was learned Tuesday. Pictured right: Jackson Sparks (below) is pictured with his older brother Tucker, 12 (above). Jackson’s death was confirmed on Tuesday. Jackson is the youngest of the six victims from the Christmas parade tragedy

Darrell Brooks - accused of mowing down scores of parade goers in Waukesha on Sunday and killing five people - is seen in a new booking photograph taken on November 22 after being was charged with five counts of murder

Darrell Brooks' mugshot after he was detained on November 16, prior to plowing into people

Darrell Brooks (pictured on Monday, left, and earlier this month, right) has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted. Additional charges relating to the sixth death which emerged last night and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, the driver of the SUV that crashed into the crowd Sunday, made his first appearance in court Tuesday

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, the driver of the SUV that crashed into the crowd Sunday, made his first appearance in court Tuesday

Brooks, dressed in a green sleeveless bulletproof vest, was consoled by his public defender as he sobbed in court. His court-appointed legal expert raised eyebrows when she was seen rubbing Brooks' back and attempting to comfort him

Brooks, dressed in a green sleeveless bulletproof vest, was consoled by his public defender as he sobbed in court. His court-appointed legal expert raised eyebrows when she was seen rubbing Brooks’ back and attempting to comfort him

Darrell Brooks, 39, is ushered into court in Wisconsin on Tuesday for his bail hearing

Brooks was seen wearing a green vest and later rocking back and forth in his chair during the hearing, staring at the floor throughout

Darrell Brooks, 39, is ushered into court in Wisconsin on Tuesday for his bail hearing. He was later seen rocking back and forth in his chair during the hearing, staring at the floor throughout

Rider said: ‘He was so polite. He was nice to me. He listened to everything I told him to do. Now, knowing what he just did moments before that, it’s hard to even wrap your head around.’

Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

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

The sixth victim eight-year-old Jackson Sparks was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and is due to be discharged from hospital, according to his GoFundMe page.

‘This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,’ the page’s organizer, Alyssa Albro, wrote.

‘Tucker, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home.’

The other five victims have been identified as Dancing Grannies Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52, Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the grannies. 

Police said Brooks was leaving a domestic dispute in his SUV when he plowed into the festive crowds.

And one neighbour claims his ex-girlfriend was seen ‘running away with no shoes and a black eye’, moments before the carnage.

The Waukesha resident, named only as Ebony, lives across the street from Brooks and told The Sun the suspect had regular fights with his partner which she tried to break up and threatened to call the cops.

The video comes as Milwaukee’s District Attorney faces furious questions about why alleged Brooks was out on the streets at the time of the attack after it emerged he’s been bailed twice this year despite a lengthy criminal history stretching back to 1999.

John Chisholm released a statement Monday admitting Brooks, 39, should not have been released on a $1,000 bond earlier this month following an alleged hit-and-run incident involving his girlfriend. 

On Sunday, Brooks was fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds after smashing through safety barriers and breezing past cops.

Just 20 minutes later, Brooks is captured by the doorbell camera, shivering and standing on the porch before Rider opens his front door to him.

‘I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming,’ Brooks can be heard telling Rider. ‘Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.’    

Rider later told NBC News he did not know that the Christmas parade attack had happened at the time as he was in the middle of watching football after coming back from a hunting trip.

Rider said he had invited Brooks into his home and given him a jacket, made him a sandwich and let him use his phone. 

‘All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous,’ he said, before asking Brooks to leave – which he did.

Darrell Brooks can be seen waiting after he knocked on the door of Rider’s home

The video footage shows Brooks pacing around on Rider’s front porch before police officers can be seen arriving at the house with bright flash lights and ordering Brooks to put his hands in the air. ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa,’ Brooks can be heard saying as he put his hands in the air

A police officer later knocked on Rider’s door and asked, ‘Do you know this guy?’ to which Rider responded: ‘Absolutely not’

Rider said his neighbor then called the police, and shortly afterwards Brooks began ‘pounding’ on Rider’s front door for a second time, claiming he had left his ID inside. 

‘Then the next thing you know, you see the cops with lights on him saying, ‘Hands in the air, hands in the air.’ 

The video footage shows Brooks pacing around on Rider’s front porch before police officers can be seen arriving at the house with bright flash lights and ordering Brooks to put his hands in the air.

‘Whoa, whoa, whoa,’ Brooks says as he put his hands in the air.  

A police officer later knocked on Rider’s door and asked, ‘Do you know this guy?’ to which Rider responded: ‘Absolutely not.’

Brooks was taken into custody in Waukesha on Sunday night after police found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.    

The six victims named in the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade attack

Four of the six people who were killed when a red SUV sped into a crowd of participants in the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. 

Waukesha police identified the fatal victims as Dancing Grannies Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson, 79; Leana ‘Lee’ Owen, 71; and Tamara Durand, 52; and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the Grannies.  

Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, was also identified as one of the fatalities. She was representing Citizens Bank in the parade procession when she was stuck and killed, according to her daughter.

On Tuesday it was learned a sixth victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, had died of his injuries.

Durand last Facebook post which she made just hours before the deadly events of Sunday night show her smiling and holding her pompoms while dressed in a winter coat and hat.

‘HERE WE GO!’ Durand wrote, adding a few Santa Claus emojis. ‘First Milwaukee Dancing Grannies parade! So excited!’ 

It was also the first time Durand performed with the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.  

Tucker, 12 (left), suffered a fractured skull and Jackson suffered severe head injuries in the tragedy

Tucker, 12 (left), suffered a fractured skull and 8-year-old Jackson (right in first photo) suffered severe head injuries

Tamara Durand, 52

Leana 'Lee' Owen, 71

Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade

Wilhelm Hospel, 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a 'loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. 'The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,' continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a ‘loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. ‘The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,’ continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha's Cutler Park for Monday evening's candlelight vigil

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha’s Cutler Park for Monday evening’s candlelight vigil 

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

‘She was super energetic, she was that type of person who when she walks in the room, everybody notices her smile,’ her husband, Dave, told The Daily Beast on Monday. 

‘She literally danced her way through life. She was the youngest one in the Dancing Grannies. Dancing was her favorite thing. It was her first time even with them, which is what’s so tragic, too.’

Tamara was a hospice and critical care chaplain at Waukesha Memorial. In 2009, she saved a homeless man from drowning in the Wisconsin River. 

Tamara Durand and Leana Owen were also with the Dancing Grannies, while Wilhelm Hospel was the husband of one of the members. 

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck. 

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described her as a ‘loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many.

‘The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,’ continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal.   

Hospel was helping the group at the parade because his wife is one of its members, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Hospel’s brother, Theodore, told the New York Post that he was on a golf course in Florida when he heard that his younger brother was among those struck by the out-of-control SUV driver.

Wilhelm, who was the youngest of five brothers, died after suffering from internal bleeding and injuries to his pelvis, according to Theodore.

‘I was talking to him this summer, and he said, “Who do you think is going to be the first one to go,” you know,’ Theodore said.

‘And lo and behold, the youngest one goes first.’  

Theodore told the Post that he would frequently visit his younger brother and his wife, Lola, in Wisconsin. He said Wilhelm was ‘always repairing things’ in a rental property that he owned. 

‘His job was never done, but he was so healthy,’ Theodore said.

‘He was not on any major medication. He was a strong person and even would help me out a lot of times because he was so strong. I cannot believe it.

‘It’s so tragic.’

Wilhelm Hospel is seen right with his wife, Lola, in the above undated file photo

Wilhelm Hospel is seen right with his wife, Lola, in the above undated file photo

Gabrielle Kamentz (left), a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia Sorenson (right), 79, killed in the Waukesha tragedy on Sunday

Gabrielle Kamentz (left), a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia Sorenson (right), 79, killed in the Waukesha tragedy on Sunday 

Virginia still worked part-time in medical records and despite her bad knee and hip was an active member of the grannies

Virginia still worked part-time in medical records and despite her bad knee and hip was an active member of the grannies

'What did she like about it? Everything,' Virginia's husband of 56 years, Dave, said. 'She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform'

‘What did she like about it? Everything,’ Virginia’s husband of 56 years, Dave, said. ‘She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform’

Sorenson was a former registered nurse and mother of three children. She is also survived by six grandchildren.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Sorenson helped with the group’s choreographer and was a mentor to some of the newer members of the Dancing Gannies. She kept up her activities with the group despite nursing a bad back and hip.

‘She liked the instructing,’ her husband David told the newspaper.

‘She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform.’ 

Sorenson was planning to take part in the parade from inside a van. But at the last minute, she decided she was going to help carry the banner at the rear of the group during the procession, according to her husband.

When she wasn’t dancing with the Grannies, Owen worked as a manager at Packard Glen Apartments for nearly 10 years, according to CNN. 

Dave Schmidt, the property owner, told CNN that his staff posted a statement for residents informing them of her death.

‘This was one of her passions that she truly loved,’ the statement said. ‘She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.’ 

The Dancing Grannies posted a statement on its Facebook page saying it was ‘devastated’ by the tragedy.

‘Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,’ the group wrote.

‘While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds, cheers, and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.

‘Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.’

Dancing Granny Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured.

Dancing Granny Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured.

The degree of Betty's injuries is unknown but she's now in ICU, according to members of the community

The degree of Betty’s injuries is unknown but she’s now in ICU, according to members of the community

The Grannies wrote: ‘Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.

‘Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, and everyone whose lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.’ 

Two children are in critical condition, 18 minors remain in the hospital and 48 are injured in total, but police say the number may rise. 

Gabrielle Kamentz, a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia on Monday. 

Mourners paid their respects to the five people who died and the dozens of others who were injured in Sunday's horrific incident

Mourners paid their respects to the five people who died and the dozens of others who were injured in Sunday’s horrific incident

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park in Waukesha on Monday - a day after Sunday's carnage at the annual Christmas parade

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park in Waukesha on Monday – a day after Sunday’s carnage at the annual Christmas parade

‘She had such a good heart. Such a good soul. She was the glue that held the family together. I’m still in shock and trying to process this as I write. As I continue through nursing school, I will live that legacy to her,’ Gabrielle wrote. ‘My grandmother was an incredible nurse. I’m so proud to be following in her footsteps.’  

Jane Kulich’s  daughter, Taylor Smith, also took to social media to post a tribute to her mother. 

‘There’s no words. It’s so unreal. My mom was killed last night. We are told she didn’t suffer. Thank God. I’m so grateful I got to have her this long, but da**,’ Taylor wrote. ‘She was walking in the parade last night. She was so happy. I love you mom. Rest in peace my beautiful angel.’

Virginia was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women marching in the parade, for almost two decades.  

She had been married to her husband, Dave, for 56 years and had two adult children and six grandchildren. Virginia worked part-time in medical records.

‘What did she like about it? Everything,’ her husband told the Milwaukee Journal. ‘She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform.’

He said Virginia was helping dancers from the parking lot to the start of the route on Sunday.

‘[She] was going to ride in the van behind the woman and be an instructor. They were short help so she offered to hold the banner going down the street. so she did that. I was at the end in the car. I was sitting in the car waiting,’ he added.  

'The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,' the Dancing Grannies wrote on Facebook. This picture was posted after the incident on Sunday

‘The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,’ the Dancing Grannies wrote on Facebook. This picture was posted after the incident on Sunday

‘Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together,’ the group posted on Facebook. 

Dave told the outlet that despite her bad hip and knee, Virginia loved to make new members of the grannies feel welcomed. 

In a Facebook comment, Virginia encouraged newcomer granny Betty Butula Streng writing ‘Our future Milwaukee Dancing Granny…great picture, she has the moves and the smile.’  

Betty, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured. The degree of her injuries is unknown but she’s now in ICU, according to members of the community. 

‘Dear friends, please hold in prayer Betty. This parade in Waukesha was the first gig for her as a part of the Dancing Grannies. She is currently in ICU. Please lift her and all others impacted by this tragedy in prayer. Lord, in your mercy…’ Betty’s friend, Kris Ertl posted on Facebook.  

A suspect identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks was taken into custody for reportedly plowing his red SUV through crowds at parade. Police said they found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.  

Police said Brooks was fleeing domestic dispute, and the attack was not fueled by terrorism sentiments.   

Five victims were transported to Waukesha Memorial and one of them died. Twelve others were treated by first responders at the scene. 

More than one of the fatal victims were part of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. 

‘The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,’ the Dancing Grannies posted on Facebook.     

Footage shared online shows some of the dancing grannies just seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as horrified pedestrians try to get out of the way. 

The grannies voiced their heartbreak after the tragedy.  

The Facebook statement read: ‘Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.’ 

‘Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted . Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers,’ it concluded. 

Among the injured are Romelia Perez and her 11-year-old daughter Camila, her husband, Rigoberto, 47, told the New York Post. 

He said he had stayed home on Sunday while his wife and daughter went to enjoy the Waukesha parade, hours later he received the call. 

‘I don’t understand,’ Perez told the outlet. ‘I was eating with my wife and daughter yesterday. Now they’re sleeping in the hospital. It’s hard.’ 

Camila has a broken femur and underwent emergency surgery, while his wife reportedly has many broken bones.  

According to her father, Camila has not said anything since the horrific attack.'[She] hasn’t said nothing yet. She’s only crying, crying, crying,’ he said. 

Waukesha parade attack victims include 18 kids who were hospitalized after deadly crash

When Darrell Brooks, 39, allegedly rammed his SUV into the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday, he killed 5 people and injured more than 40, including 18 kids. 

Jessalyn Torres was performing in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group when Darrell Brooks, 39, allegedly rammed his SUV into the holiday parade. 

Torres was left fighting for her life with a lost kidney, broken pelvis and lacerations to her lungs and remaining kidney. She was transported to Children’s Wisconsin hospital for emergency treatment, Fox reported.  

Ryan Kohnke told The Sun that he’s able to maintain hope because of his niece’s indominable spirit. 

‘Even when I spoke to her this morning on the phone, she said to me, ‘Tell them to just glue me back together.”  

Jessalyn Torres was performing in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group on Sunday when an SUV struck her

Jessalyn Torres was performing in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance group on Sunday when an SUV struck her

Torres attended the parade with her older sister Yeliana and little sister Averie. She was left fighting for her life with a lost kidney, broken pelvis and lacerations to her lungs and remaining kidney after Darrell Brooks drove into the parade

Torres attended the parade with her older sister Yeliana and little sister Averie. She was left fighting for her life with a lost kidney, broken pelvis and lacerations to her lungs and remaining kidney after Darrell Brooks drove into the parade

Ryan Kohnke, Torres's uncle, said he was devastated by the incident and likened it to things he saw while serving in Iraq

Ryan Kohnke, Torres’s uncle, said he was devastated by the incident and likened it to things he saw while serving in Iraq

Kohnke, an Iraq veteran, described the massacre at the Wisconsin parade as something akin to a war zone. 

He was there with his two kids attending the Christmas parade and cheering on Torres, who was participating in the festivities with her mother and four sisters. 

Kohnke said he was videotaping the scene when he saw Brooks in his SUV approach the parade, then suddenly plow through it. 

‘After I watched the guy barrel through, police trying to stop him, I knew my family was down there,’ he told The Sun, adding that his sister, Amber, wasn’t picking up her phone.

‘I grabbed my two children and we ran down there, I’m a veteran myself and it was like a war zone. There were bodies all over, people were just trying to help as much as they could. I just wanted to get the younger kids out of there so that’s what I did.’ 

Kohnke said he was devastated to learn about what happened to his niece, whom he described as a ‘wonderful child.’ 

He and another family member, Nathan Books, 23, has set up a GoFundMe to help Amber pay for her daughter’s medical expenses. 

‘It was horrifying and shocking to see bodies flying in the air as a person, without any care for life or limb, ran over many people at a high speed,’ wrote Oscar Luna, a friend of Amber coordinating the GoFundMe.   

Torres was described as a wonderful child who loved to be a part of her dance group

Torres was described as a wonderful child who loved to be a part of her dance group

Family members and friends started a GoFundMe to help pay for Torres's medical treatments

Family members and friends started a GoFundMe to help pay for Torres’s medical treatments

Supporters also send messages of hope and support to the 11-year-old victim

Supporters also send messages of hope and support to the 11-year-old victim

Torres, 11, was pictured with her little sister, Averie, 2, just moments before the crash

Torres, 11, was pictured with her little sister, Averie, 2, just moments before the crash

Along with Torres, nine other children were admitted to Children’s Wisconsin pediatric intensive care, where six were listed in critical condition on Monday, Fox reported. 

Three were listed in serious condition and one in fair condition. The eight other injured children in the crash were listed in fair condition at other units in the hospital, with two having been discharged. 

Among those in critical condition was Erik Tiegs, a member of the Waukesha South Marching Band and a son of a firefighter, who suffered a broken femur, broken ribs, a bruised lung and other injuries. 

His brother, Tyson, was nearby when Erik was struck by the vehicle. 

‘I’m upset. I’m mad. I am devastated, falling apart. I’m trying to keep it together for my family,’ he told Fox.  

Dr. Michael Gutzeit of Children’s Wisconsin said ‘the injuries from Sunday night will go well beyond the physical and will take time to heal. We must all continue to lean on each other and to encourage those impacted to reach out and to use the resources that are available to them.’

Among the other injured children were brothers Tucker, 12, and Jackson, 8, Sparks. Tucker is recovering from road rash and a fractured skull, and Jackson had undergone brain surgery on Sunday, wrote cousin Alyssa Albro on the brother’s GoFundMe. It was later reported that Jackson succumbed to his injuries.

Erik Tiegs was a member of the Waukesha South High School marching band, which had several members struck by the car

Erik Tiegs was a member of the Waukesha South High School marching band, which had several members struck by the car

Tiegs suffered a broken femur, broken ribs, a bruised lung and other injuries from the crash

Tiegs suffered a broken femur, broken ribs, a bruised lung and other injuries from the crash

Aidan Laughrin was another band member injured in the crash

Aidan Laughrin was another band member injured in the crash

he high school senior suffered fractured ribs and severe bruising

he high school senior suffered fractured ribs and severe bruising

Tyler Pudleiner, a saxophone player, was transported to the ICU and has undergone two surgeries as of Monday

Tyler Pudleiner, a saxophone player, was transported to the ICU and has undergone two surgeries as of Monday

‘Doctors will be testing for brain function and brainstem activity,’ Albro wrote. ‘He needs a miracle.’

Another of the injured kids was Tyler Pudleiner, a saxophone player at Waukesha South Band, who was transported to the ICU and has undergone two surgeries as of Monday. 

Aidan Laughrin, 16, was also a Waukesha South Band member who was injured at the parade. The high school senior suffered fractured ribs and severe bruising. 

A separate GoFundMe for the Waukesha South band members has raised more than $144,000. 

Fourth-grader Kenzie Hollingsworth was another of the children injured in the crash, where she suffered a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain and a broken leg.

‘Miss Kenzie has a long road to recovery, but we know she is a strong, resilient, little angel,’ wrote Katharine Krzysik on a GoFundMe page. 

Camila Perez was also treated at Children’s Wisconsin after she attended the parade with her mother, Romelia, who was also hit, as they performed with their church’s dance group. 

Perez suffers from a broken femur and has undergone emergency surgery, and her mother also has several broken bones, The New York Post reported. 

‘I was almost killed by it,’ Rigoberto Perez, 47, said ‘I said, ‘Please God, don’t take my daughter and my wife.” 

‘I have nothing to say to the guy,’ Rigoberto said of Brooks. ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with him to be outside and kill people.’ 

Fourth-grader Kenzie Hollingsworth suffered a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain and a broken leg

Fourth-grader Kenzie Hollingsworth suffered a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain and a broken leg

Camila Perez and her mother, Romelia, were also injured in the crash. Perez suffers from a broken femur and has undergone emergency surgery, and her mother also has several broken bones

Camila Perez and her mother, Romelia, were also injured in the crash. Perez suffers from a broken femur and has undergone emergency surgery, and her mother also has several broken bones

Among others injured were members of Lucero Perales’s family, who were attending the parade with their Catholic group. Perales wrote in his family’s GoFundMe that his uncle had his leg broken and underwent a six-hour-long surgery. He is now in intensive care.

Perales added that one of his cousins had a fractured skull and is in a coma, while another cousin suffered bruises ‘all over her body.’ 

Tamara Rosentreter was a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and was performing in the group when they were struck by Brooks. The grandmother of four is recovering, but her family said she would be out of work for at least six months ‘due to multiple injuries.’ 

Juan Gutierrez, a dad, suffered a broken leg and torn ligaments when the car ran him over. His family said he needs to get surgery in order for him to be able to walk again. 

Lucero Perales, his uncle's family (pictured) were injured in the crash. The uncle suffered a broken leg, while one daughter is now in a coma and another had bruises 'all over her body'

Lucero Perales, his uncle’s family (pictured) were injured in the crash. The uncle suffered a broken leg, while one daughter is now in a coma and another had bruises ‘all over her body’ 

Tamara Rosentreter (left) was a surviving member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. The grandmother of four is on her way to recovery, but her family said she would be out of work for at least six months 'due to multiple injuries

Tamara Rosentreter (left) was a surviving member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. The grandmother of four is on her way to recovery, but her family said she would be out of work for at least six months ‘due to multiple injuries

Juan Gutierrez (right), pictured with his son David and wife Diamanta, suffered a broken leg and torn ligaments when the car ran him over. His family said he needs to get surgery in order for him to be able to walk again

Juan Gutierrez (right), pictured with his son David and wife Diamanta, suffered a broken leg and torn ligaments when the car ran him over. His family said he needs to get surgery in order for him to be able to walk again

 

Terrifying video posted to social media shows a speeding red SUV collide into a group of people marching in the middle of the street during the annual holiday parade in Waukesha, some 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee

Jackson Sparks (right), aged eight, and his 12-year-old brother Tucker (left) were both injured by Brooks' car, with the impact killing Jackson

Jackson Sparks (right), aged eight, and his 12-year-old brother Tucker (left) were both injured by Brooks’ car, with the impact killing Jackson

Aaron (back) and Sheri Sparks (left) are pictured with their sons Tucker, 12 (in grey), and Jackson, 8 (in red). Their youngest son was killed in the Christmas parade tragedy

The boys' cousin Alyssa said that 8-year-old Jackson (left) underwent brain surgery on Sunday evening, but did not make it

Tucker, 12 (right in both pictures), suffered a fractured skull and 8-year-old Jackson (bottom in first photo, left is second photo) suffered severe head injuries. Pictured right: Aaron (back) and Sheri Sparks (left) are pictured with their sons. Their youngest son was killed in the Christmas parade tragedy

Tamara Durand, 52

Leana 'Lee' Owen, 71

Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade

Wilhelm Hospel, 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

 

The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always intended to be a short parade, ending half a mile away at the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4.39pm, the red SUV is filmed speeding down Main Street. It smashed into the crowd, and sent bodies flying, before carrying on down towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody but it's unclear exactly where

The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always intended to be a short parade, ending half a mile away at the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4.39pm, the red SUV is filmed speeding down Main Street. It smashed into the crowd, and sent bodies flying, before carrying on down towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody but it’s unclear exactly where

He had been fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds after smashing through safety barriers and breezing past cops.

One officer tried to stop him by shooting at his car but he stopped because there  were too many people around for him to safely fire his weapon.

Police had just arrived at the home that Brooks had fled when he plowed into the parade crowds.

The amateur rapper has a long criminal history dating back to 1999 with more than 15 arrests in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest. 

On November 2, he was arrested on domestic violence charges after trying to ‘run over’ his ex, the mother of his child, at a gas station. His bond was set at $1,000 and he posted it on November 11th.

Earlier on Monday, the shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office admitted it was ‘inappropriate’ for Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night. 

The Milwaukee County DA’s Office released a statement admitting the $1,000 bail was ‘inappropriately low’ given his criminal history. They said they’d launched an internal review as to why he was able to get out on bond to commit more crimes. 

It has also emerged that Brooks, an amateur rapper who is also known by his stage name MathBoi Fly, is a convicted sex offender. 

In 2006, he was convicted in a Nevada court for statutory rape after he had sex with a 15-year-old girl. Brooks was 24 years old at the time of his conviction.

The girl ended up pregnant and gave birth to Brooks’ child. The legal age of consent in Nevada is 16.

The amateur rapper’s lyrics also include ‘f*** the pigs’ and ‘f*** Donald Trump.’      

Another song, posted on SoundCloud, has the lyrics: ‘They gonna need a cleaner for the s*** we did, all my killers Gacey where them bodies hid.’

The lyrics of another song read: Sliding through the city with no safety on.’

His rap songs also make mention of AK-47 assault rifles and killing people.

Milwaukee County Attorney John T Chisholm previously spoke of trying to reduce his county’s prison population. He even let a progressive criminal justice nonprofit called Vera perform an ‘audit’ on his office. 

Vera, which is based in New York, opposes cash bail, with the implementation of that measure partially-blamed for a crime spike in NYC.

Milwaukee saw murders spike by 95 per cent between 2019 and 2020, with 2021 currently recording as many homicides as there were by the same stage of 2020. 

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, the suspected driver of the car that mowed down scores of parade goers in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five people, is an amateur rapper whose lyrics include ‘f*** the pigs’ and ‘f*** Donald Trump'

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, the suspected driver of the car that mowed down scores of parade goers in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five people, is an amateur rapper whose lyrics include ‘f*** the pigs’ and ‘f*** Donald Trump’

Brooks, who is also known by his stage name, MathBoi Fly, posted songs on SoundCloud with explicit lyrics

Brooks, who is also known by his stage name, MathBoi Fly, posted songs on SoundCloud with explicit lyrics

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said: ‘This is not a terrorist event.’ Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene was ‘like a warzone’. 

‘It was just, for lack of a better word, carnage. There were adults, children injured. 

‘Some of our first responders were there with their families and they left their families to help treat people. People with military backgrounds likened it to a war zone.’ 

Between July 2020 and February 2021, Brooks was in custody awaiting a trial date on a $7,500 bond for shooting at his nephew after a fight over his old cell phone.

The bond was dropped to $500 in February because the courts couldn’t give him a trial quickly enough. 

The shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney's Office admitted on Monday it was 'inappropriate' for convicted felon Darrell Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night.

The shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney's Office admitted on Monday it was 'inappropriate' for convicted felon Darrell Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night.

The shamefaced Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office admitted on Monday it was ‘inappropriate’ for convicted felon Darrell Brooks to be allowed out of jail on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago after trying to run over his ex-girlfriend, as he was charged with five counts of murder for the lives he took at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night

Brooks' November 2 criminal complaint reveals he was accused of hunting down the mother of his child, a woman referred to in charging documents as EAP, and running her over while she was walking through a gas station after an argument

Brooks’ November 2 criminal complaint reveals he was accused of hunting down the mother of his child, a woman referred to in charging documents as EAP, and running her over while she was walking through a gas station after an argument 

He was arrested again on November 2 in Milwaukee for  hunting down the mother of one of his children at a hotel, then following her in the street with his SUV and running her over in the parking lot of a gas station after she refused to get in his car.

DailyMail.com obtained copies of his arrest warrant for that incident on Monday which reveal he followed her to a gas station, punched her ‘with a closed fist’ and then ‘ran her over.’ 

He was arrested and charged with five counts including bail jumping, for having failed to meet the terms of one of his many other sets of bail or probation requirements. 

But on November 11, he posted a $1,000 cash bond. By November 19, he was on the streets again and by November 21, behind the wheel of his Ford again. 

After Sunday night’s massacre, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement conceding the bail that was set was ‘inappropriately low.’ 

Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene at the parade was like a 'warzone'. 'For lack of a better word, it was carnage'

Fire Chief Steve Howard said the scene at the parade was like a ‘warzone’. ‘For lack of a better word, it was carnage’

Brooks is shown in this still taken from a video of the incident on Sunday. His motive remains unclear but the incident happened two days after he got out of jail on battery charges

Brooks is shown in this still taken from a video of the incident on Sunday. His motive remains unclear but the incident happened two days after he got out of jail on battery charges 

Brooks is an amateur rapper who is shown above in a YouTube video standing in front of his red Ford truck

Brooks is an amateur rapper who is shown above in a YouTube video standing in front of his red Ford truck. He has a long criminal history going back to 1999 with charges including weapons offenses, domestic battery, resisting arrest, drugs charges and concealed carry charges 

The amateur rapper is shown in a 2019 music video filmed at the back of his house where he and others in the video pose with weapons and money

The amateur rapper is shown in a 2019 music video filmed at the back of his house where he and others in the video pose with weapons and money 

‘The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail. 

‘This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps,’ the statement said. 

Brooks is also listed as a sex offender in Nevada, where he was charged with having sex with a minor. 

A social media video of him taken before Sunday’s incident shows him trying to explain that the victim was the mother of his oldest daughter who he ‘didn’t know was 16’ when they had sex. 

Police sources told The Washington Post that Brooks he was fleeing the scene of a knife attack on Sunday when he smashed into the crowds at 4.39pm at the Waukesha parade.  

The judge overseeing the case was Michelle Havas (left). Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (right) is an enthusiastic bail reform advocate who previously suggested the state should replicate San Francisco's bail reform to do away with cash bond on minor crimes

The judge overseeing the case was Michelle Havas (left). Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (right) is an enthusiastic bail reform advocate who previously suggested the state should replicate San Francisco's bail reform to do away with cash bond on minor crimes

The judge overseeing the case was Michelle Havas (left). Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (right) is an enthusiastic bail reform advocate who previously suggested the state should replicate San Francisco’s bail reform to do away with cash bond on minor crimes

The incident comes just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man. Kenosha is located about 55 miles south of Waukesha. There is no indication yet that the two are connected

The incident comes just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man. Kenosha is located about 55 miles south of Waukesha. There is no indication yet that the two are connected 

The SUV was found around five blocks from where the parade carnage took place, parked in a driveway. It's unclear whose home it was or if he was found inside, but he was taken into custody nearby

The SUV was found around five blocks from where the parade carnage took place, parked in a driveway. It’s unclear whose home it was or if he was found inside, but he was taken into custody nearby 

Pictured, the suspect's home in Milwaukee. A man who came to the door said he could not speak to DailyMail.com. ‘If you’re trying to get some information I can’t talk to you. I know what this is related to but we’re not going to talk to you,' he said

Pictured, the suspect’s home in Milwaukee. A man who came to the door said he could not speak to DailyMail.com. ‘If you’re trying to get some information I can’t talk to you. I know what this is related to but we’re not going to talk to you,’ he said

One witness, a father whose daughter was in a dance troupe that was struck, said he made eye contact with him and that he was ‘calm and composed.’  

Brooks lives some 20 miles away in Milwaukee in a suburban home where he films rap videos in the street.  On Monday, a man who answered the door refused to comment on the mounting deaths from Sunday’s incident.

‘If you’re trying to get some information I can’t talk to you. I know what this is related to but we’re not going to talk to you,’ he told DailyMail.com.   

‘Most people on this street have lived here 40 or 50 years. But we’re dying off now,’ one neighbor told DailyMail.com

‘Young punks are moving in here, anyone with a bit of money. But they don’t want to know us and we don’t want to know them. I’ve had no dealings with them at all, but I have seen that red SUV parked outside,’ he added.

His motive for Sunday’s attack remains unclear; police will not confirm whether it was a deliberate act of terror or if Brooks accidentally ran into the crowds after losing control of his car while fleeing a knife crime. 

Social media profiles reveal Brooks was an amateur rapper who went by the name MathBoi Fly, and claimed to have ‘turned to the streets at a very young age’ while growing up in a ‘dangerous West Side neighborhood of Washington Park’. 

He described himself as ‘the best underground artist in his city’. Those social media profiles have now been taken down. 

On Saturday, he posted that he was ‘not surprised’ by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict but authorities have not yet indicated whether the teen’s acquittal has anything to do with the incident on Sunday. 

Brooks has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to the 1990s when he was convicted of battery. At the time of the car rampage, he had two open felony cases against him – one from July 2020 and another from November this year.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said no motive has yet been established, but officers are not discounting terrorism. 

Officers are also looking into the possibility that he was fleeing a domestic incident involving a knife when he reached the parade, NBC said. 

Dancing with the Devil: Tragic pictures emerge of Waukesha’s ‘Dancing Grannies’ with their pompoms moments before Darrell Brooks killed four of them in his SUV at Waukesha Xmas parade

Four of the five people who were killed when a red SUV sped into a crowd of participants in the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. 

Waukesha police identified the fatal victims as Dancing Grannies Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson, 79; Leana ‘Lee’ Owen, 71; and Tamara Durand, 52; and 82-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the husband of one of the Grannies. 

Citizen Bank employee Jane Kulich, 52, was also identified as one of the fatalities. She was representing Citizens Bank in the parade procession when she was stuck and killed, according to her daughter.

Durand last Facebook post which she made just hours before the deadly events of Sunday night show her smiling and holding her pompoms while dressed in a winter coat and hat.

‘HERE WE GO!’ Durand wrote, adding a few Santa Claus emojis. ‘First Milwaukee Dancing Grannies parade! So excited!’ 

It was also the first time Durand performed with the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.  

Tamara Durand, 52

Leana 'Lee' Owen, 71

Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana ‘Lee’ Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday’s tragedy.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade

Wilhelm Hospel, 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a 'loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. 'The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,' continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a ‘loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. ‘The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,’ continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha's Cutler Park for Monday evening's candlelight vigil

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha’s Cutler Park for Monday evening’s candlelight vigil 

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

‘She was super energetic, she was that type of person who when she walks in the room, everybody notices her smile,’ her husband, Dave, told The Daily Beast on Monday. 

‘She literally danced her way through life. She was the youngest one in the Dancing Grannies. Dancing was her favorite thing. It was her first time even with them, which is what’s so tragic, too.’

Tamara was a hospice and critical care chaplain at Waukesha Memorial. In 2009, she saved a homeless man from drowning in the Wisconsin River. 

Tamara Durand and Leana Owen were also with the Dancing Grannies, while Wilhelm Hospel was the husband of one of the members. 

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck. 

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described her as a ‘loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many.

‘The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,’ continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal.   

Hospel was helping the group at the parade because his wife is one of its members, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Hospel’s brother, Theodore, told the New York Post that he was on a golf course in Florida when he heard that his younger brother was among those struck by the out-of-control SUV driver.

Wilhelm, who was the youngest of five brothers, died after suffering from internal bleeding and injuries to his pelvis, according to Theodore.

‘I was talking to him this summer, and he said, ‘Who do you think is going to be the first one to go,’ you know,’ Theodore said.

‘And lo and behold, the youngest one goes first.’  

Theodore told the Post that he would frequently visit his younger brother and his wife, Lola, in Wisconsin. He said Wilhelm was ‘always repairing things’ in a rental property that he owned. 

‘His job was never done, but he was so healthy,’ Theodore said.

‘He was not on any major medication. He was a strong person and even would help me out a lot of times because he was so strong. I cannot believe it.

‘It’s so tragic.’

Wilhelm Hospel is seen right with his wife, Lola, in the above undated file photo

Wilhelm Hospel is seen right with his wife, Lola, in the above undated file photo

Gabrielle Kamentz (left), a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia Sorenson (right), 79, killed in the Waukesha tragedy on Sunday

Gabrielle Kamentz (left), a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia Sorenson (right), 79, killed in the Waukesha tragedy on Sunday 

Virginia still worked part-time in medical records and despite her bad knee and hip was an active member of the grannies

Virginia still worked part-time in medical records and despite her bad knee and hip was an active member of the grannies

'What did she like about it? Everything,' Virginia's husband of 56 years, Dave, said. 'She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform'

‘What did she like about it? Everything,’ Virginia’s husband of 56 years, Dave, said. ‘She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform’

Sorenson was a former registered nurse and mother of three children. She is also survived by six grandchildren.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Sorenson helped with the group’s choreographer and was a mentor to some of the newer members of the Dancing Gannies. She kept up her activities with the group despite nursing a bad back and hip.

‘She liked the instructing,’ her husband David told the newspaper.

‘She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform.’ 

Sorenson was planning to take part in the parade from inside a van. But at the last minute, she decided she was going to help carry the banner at the rear of the group during the procession, according to her husband.

When she wasn’t dancing with the Grannies, Owen worked as a manager at Packard Glen Apartments for nearly 10 years, according to CNN. 

Dave Schmidt, the property owner, told CNN that his staff posted a statement for residents informing them of her death.

‘This was one of her passions that she truly loved,’ the statement said. ‘She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.’ 

The Dancing Grannies posted a statement on its Facebook page saying it was ‘devastated’ by the tragedy.

‘Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,’ the group wrote.

‘While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds, cheers, and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.

‘Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.’

Dancing Granny Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured.

Dancing Granny Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured.

The degree of Betty's injuries is unknown but she's now in ICU, according to members of the community

The degree of Betty’s injuries is unknown but she’s now in ICU, according to members of the community

The Grannies wrote: ‘Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.

‘Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, and everyone whose lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.’ 

Two children are in critical condition, 18 minors remain in the hospital and 48 are injured in total, but police say the number may rise. 

Gabrielle Kamentz, a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia on Monday. 

Mourners paid their respects to the five people who died and the dozens of others who were injured in Sunday's horrific incident

Mourners paid their respects to the five people who died and the dozens of others who were injured in Sunday’s horrific incident

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park in Waukesha on Monday - a day after Sunday's carnage at the annual Christmas parade

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park in Waukesha on Monday – a day after Sunday’s carnage at the annual Christmas parade

‘She had such a good heart. Such a good soul. She was the glue that held the family together. I’m still in shock and trying to process this as I write. As I continue through nursing school, I will live that legacy to her,’ Gabrielle wrote. ‘My grandmother was an incredible nurse. I’m so proud to be following in her footsteps.’  

Jane Kulich’s  daughter, Taylor Smith, also took to social media to post a tribute to her mother. 

‘There’s no words. It’s so unreal. My mom was killed last night. We are told she didn’t suffer. Thank God. I’m so grateful I got to have her this long, but da**,’ Taylor wrote. ‘She was walking in the parade last night. She was so happy. I love you mom. Rest in peace my beautiful angel.’

Virginia was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women marching in the parade, for almost two decades.  

She had been married to her husband, Dave, for 56 years and had two adult children and six grandchildren. Virginia worked part-time in medical records.

‘What did she like about it? Everything,’ her husband told the Milwaukee Journal. ‘She liked the instructing. She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform.’

He said Virginia was helping dancers from the parking lot to the start of the route on Sunday.

‘[She] was going to ride in the van behind the woman and be an instructor. They were short help so she offered to hold the banner going down the street. so she did that. I was at the end in the car. I was sitting in the car waiting,’ he added.  

'The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,' the Dancing Grannies wrote on Facebook. This picture was posted after the incident on Sunday

‘The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,’ the Dancing Grannies wrote on Facebook. This picture was posted after the incident on Sunday

‘Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together,’ the group posted on Facebook. 

Dave told the outlet that despite her bad hip and knee, Virginia loved to make new members of the grannies feel welcomed. 

In a Facebook comment, Virginia encouraged newcomer granny Betty Butula Streng writing ‘Our future Milwaukee Dancing Granny…great picture, she has the moves and the smile.’  

Betty, who had just joined the group, was also badly injured. The degree of her injuries is unknown but she’s now in ICU, according to members of the community. 

‘Dear friends, please hold in prayer Betty. This parade in Waukesha was the first gig for her as a part of the Dancing Grannies. She is currently in ICU. Please lift her and all others impacted by this tragedy in prayer. Lord, in your mercy…’ Betty’s friend, Kris Ertl posted on Facebook.  

A suspect identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks was taken into custody for reportedly plowing his red SUV through crowds at parade. Police said they found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.  

Police said Brooks was fleeing domestic dispute, and the attack was not fueled by terrorism sentiments.   

Five victims were transported to Waukesha Memorial and one of them died. Twelve others were treated by first responders at the scene. 

More than one of the fatal victims were part of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. 

‘The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,’ the Dancing Grannies posted on Facebook.     

Footage shared online shows some of the dancing grannies just seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as horrified pedestrians try to get out of the way. 

The grannies voiced their heartbreak after the tragedy.  

The Facebook statement read: ‘Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.’ 

‘Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted . Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers,’ it concluded. 

Among the injured are Romelia Perez and her 11-year-old daughter Camila, her husband, Rigoberto, 47, told the New York Post. 

He said he had stayed home on Sunday while his wife and daughter went to enjoy the Waukesha parade, hours later he received the call. 

‘I don’t understand,’ Perez told the outlet. ‘I was eating with my wife and daughter yesterday. Now they’re sleeping in the hospital. It’s hard.’ 

Camila has a broken femur and underwent emergency surgery, while his wife reportedly has many broken bones. 

According to her father, Camila has not said anything since the horrific attack.

‘[She] hasn’t said nothing yet. She’s only crying, crying, crying,’ he said. 

Brooks was taken into custody in Waukesha on Sunday night.

Footage shared online shows some of the dancing grannies just seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as horrified pedestrians try to get out of the way

Footage shared online shows some of the dancing grannies just seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as horrified pedestrians try to get out of the way

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, from Milwaukee, was detained shortly after a red SUV ploughed into the annual Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha, leaving at least five people dead and 40 injured - including at least 12 children on Sunday night. He is shown in a November 3 mugshot, when he was arrested for battery and domestic abuse

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, from Milwaukee, was detained shortly after a red SUV ploughed into the annual Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha, leaving at least five people dead and 40 injured – including at least 12 children on Sunday night. He is shown in a November 3 mugshot, when he was arrested for battery and domestic abuse 

The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always intended to be a short parade, ending half a mile away at the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4.39pm, the red SUV is filmed speeding down Main Street. It smashed into the crowd, and sent bodies flying, before carrying on down towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody but it’s unclear exactly where 

The amateur rapper has a long criminal history dating back to 1999 with more than 15 arrests in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest.

On Sunday he was fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he crashed into the crowds.

Police had just arrived at the home that he had fled when he plowed into the parade crowds, killing five adults. The victims have been identified as four women and one man, aged 52 to 81.

The Waukesha Police Department have now arrested Brooks on five murder charges.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said: ‘This is not a terrorist event.’ 

Waukesha tragedy comes as Wisconsin looks to heal from Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Teen acquitted in Kenosha shootings says he supports BLM movement and that his case had ‘nothing to with race’

The tragedy in Kenosha on Sunday night came just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of murder in last year’s fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of a third during unrest triggered by the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse on Sunday said that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that his case had nothing to do with race, as protests continue over his acquittal in Kenosha, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

‘This case has nothing to do with race. It had nothing to do with race, had to do with the right to self-defense,’ Rittenhouse told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview filmed on Sunday.

‘I’m not a racist person, I support the BLM movement and peacefully demonstrating,’ the teen added in an advance clip of the interview, which is set to air on Monday night.

The teen spoke out as protests continued across the country over the not-guilty verdict, including in Kenosha, where marchers denounced the trial’s outcome as racist.

In a partial transcript of the interview provided to DailyMail.com, Rittenhouse also slammed the prosecution in his case, after a jury agreed he acted in justifiable self-defense in acquitting him of all charges.

‘I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases,’ said Rittenhouse. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.’

Kyle Rittenhouse has said that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that his case had nothing to do with race, in an interview with Tucker Carlson due to air on Monday night

Kyle Rittenhouse has said that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that his case had nothing to do with race, in an interview with Tucker Carlson due to air on Monday night

Rittenhouse was dressed in a suit and tie for the interview as the family dined at Smokin' Jerry's Tiki Hut Bar & Grill in Placida, Florida on Sunday afternoon

Rittenhouse was dressed in a suit and tie for the interview as the family dined at Smokin’ Jerry’s Tiki Hut Bar & Grill in Placida, Florida on Sunday afternoon

Protesters march around Kenosha near the court house on Sunday, the third day of protests over the verdict

Protesters march around Kenosha near the court house on Sunday, the third day of protests over the verdict

Rittenhouse also described how he felt immediately after the shootings, including one confrontation with a pursuer who chased him with a gun.

‘I tell everybody there what happened. I said I had to do it. I was just attacked. I was dizzy, I was vomiting, I couldn’t breathe,’ he told Carlson.

Rittenhouse killed two men and wounded a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in Kenosha last August, and testified that he acted in self-defense.

The case has polarized the nation, with furious accusations from the left that both Rittenhouse and the acquittal are racist, although he and the people who were shot were all white.

The teen’s interview with Tucker Carlson was believed to have been filmed on Sunday on Boca Grande Island, and on Sunday afternoon, Rittenhouse and his family were spotted having brunch in the area.

Rittenhouse was dressed in a suit and tie for the interview as the family dined at Smokin’ Jerry’s Tiki Hut Bar & Grill in Placida, Florida on Sunday afternoon.

The full Fox News interview will air on Carlson’s show Monday night, and the host’s unusual access to the teen was revealed after footage emerged that his team had been embedded with Rittenhouse during the trial.

In addition to Monday’s interview, online subscription service Fox Nation plans to air a documentary series on the case next month.

Rittenhouse’s trial attorney, Mark Richards, has said the Fox documentary crew was embedded with Rittenhouse’s team against his wishes, and suggested that the access was arranged by donors who contributed to his defense. 

The teen's interview with Tucker Carlson was believed to have been filmed on Sunday on Boca Grande Island

The teen's interview with Tucker Carlson was believed to have been filmed on Sunday on Boca Grande Island

The teen’s interview with Tucker Carlson was believed to have been filmed on Sunday on Boca Grande Island

On Saturday a Fox News executive said the network did not pay Rittenhouse’s family for any special access during Rittenhouse’s murder trial or after his acquittal.

Justin Wells, senior executive producer of Tucker Carlson Tonight, told the AP that no payment was made for access, footage rights, legal fees or any other purpose to Rittenhouse or his family.

David Hancock, a spokesman for the Rittenhouse family, also said any potential payment by Fox ‘was never offered and it was never asked for and it was never discussed.’

The intention of the documentary is to memorialize the experience that Rittenhouse had during the trial and to show people who he really is, he said.

Protests over the verdict continued on Sunday in Kenosha, where a group of around 150 people gathered in the Civic Center Park outside the courthouse where Rittenhouse was cleared to protest the verdict. 

BLM activists gather near the Kenosha County Courthouse before marching through the downtown. Several heavily armed people stood in the square among protesters keeping watch

BLM activists gather near the Kenosha County Courthouse before marching through the downtown. Several heavily armed people stood in the square among protesters keeping watch

Protestors gathering in opposition to the not guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse near the Kenosha County courthouse in Kenosha on Sunday

Protestors gathering in opposition to the not guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse near the Kenosha County courthouse in Kenosha on Sunday

Speakers warned of an economic boycott to force social change before marching some eight blocks around the lakeside city.

Eric Jordan and his 16-year-old daughter Jade walked with the marchers carrying assault-style rifles. ‘I’m an open-carry, Second Amendment-type guy,’ Jordan told DailyMail.com. ‘I carry when I pick oranges.

‘Everybody knows that I don’t go anywhere without it.’

Protestors carrying signs such as ‘Self Defense Is Not a Deliberate Headshot,’ ‘The Whole System is Guilty,’ and ‘F**k Kyle N His Freedom.’

They shouted ‘No Justice, No Peace,’ and ‘Say Their Names: Anthony and Jo Jo,’ referring to Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosebaum who were shot dead by Rittenhouse during protests against a police shooting in the town in August 2020.

Protests over the verdict continued on Sunday in Kenosha, where a group of around 150 people gathered in the Civic Center Park outside the courthouse where Rittenhouse was cleared to protest the verdict

Protests over the verdict continued on Sunday in Kenosha, where a group of around 150 people gathered in the Civic Center Park outside the courthouse where Rittenhouse was cleared to protest the verdict

Chicago: Over a thousand demonstrators gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago on Saturday to protest the acquittal

Chicago: Over a thousand demonstrators gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago on Saturday to protest the acquittal

Chicago: Reverend Jesse Jackson (center), marches in protest of the not guilty verdict on Saturday

Chicago: Reverend Jesse Jackson (center), marches in protest of the not guilty verdict on Saturday

New York: About 200 protesters rally outside Barclays Center and march along Flatbush Avenue after Rittenhouse acquittal

New York: About 200 protesters rally outside Barclays Center and march along Flatbush Avenue after Rittenhouse acquittal

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was due to join the march but did not attend in the end.

In his place was Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director of Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who said Jackson was talking to Congressional leaders about the possibility of charging Rittenhouse federally.

The protests in Kenosha have thus far remained peaceful, but in New York five were arrested on riot charges Friday after storming through a quiet neighborhood and vandalizing cars.     



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