Waukesha Parade News – Latest: Police Hold Press Conference After Darrell Brooks Criminal Record Revealed

Watch live as police hold press conference on Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy

The five people killed by a driver who crashed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday night have been identified.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson read the names at a press conference Monday afternoon: Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52 years old; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81 years old. Mr Thompson also confirmed that the number of injured had dropped from 40 to 48.

The suspected driver, Darrell Brooks, 39, faces five counts of first degree manslaughter, police said. He was allegedly embroiled in a “domestic conflict” moments before heading to the parade route, and court records show he has a long rap sheet dating back to 1999.

Video of the tragedy showed a red SUV blasting at high speed at members of the group and cheerleaders marching in close formation, hitting several people and dispersing the crowd.

Witnesses described the incident as “horrific” and said the “calm” driver “went side to side, targeting people.”

Children’s Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, has confirmed it has treated 18 minor victims, ages three to 16. Six of the child victims required surgery and 10 remained in the intensive care unit at noon Monday.

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How a “Norman Rockwell Style” Christmas Parade Turned into “Insane Tragedy”

Officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said the parade, a “Norman Rockwell-type event” that the city had proudly hosted for decades for residents and visitors, was part of its very fabric, writes The independents Andrew Buncombe.

“With the state and the nation already on the verge of a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, a proceeding that appears to have divided the nation, some commentators expressed slight relief when police in Waukesha, 80 km northwest de Kenosha, said they did not consider Sunday’s incident to be terrorism.

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Brooks ignored sex offender bail after impregnating 15-year-old: reports

Darrell Brooks was wanted in Nevada for violating sex offender laws, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News.

Brooks was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl and conceiving a child in 2006. He was arrested in 2016 for violating the terms of his probation, but he never appeared in court, Fox News reported.

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Brooks ignored sex offender bail after impregnating 15-year-old: reports

Darrell Brooks was wanted in Nevada for violating sex offender laws, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News.

Brooks was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl and conceiving a child in 2006. He was arrested in 2016 for violating the terms of his probation, but he never appeared in court, Fox News reported.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says Democrats are responsible for the Waukesha murders

The Georgia representative tweeted: “After the widespread hate reaction to the Rittenhouse verdict and dog whistle calls to radical BLM ground troops by the mainstream media, Democrats and even the President of the United States, we must ask us if they instigated the mass murder in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Ms Greene’s tweet ended with the words: “Intentional homicide”, which suspect Darrell Brooks has been charged with.

The independents Oliver O’Connell reports:

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ICYMI: What happened at the Waukesha Christmas Parade?

The red Ford Escape SUV was captured on video driving straight towards the cheerleaders and party members at around 40 mph, hitting around 20 people and causing panic in the crowd that had gathered to enjoy the 58th annual parade by Waukesha.

The driver has since been named Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, a man from Milwaukee, who was only released on bail a few days after being arrested on November 5 for domestic violence, resisting an officer, reckless endangerment in the second degree of security, disorderly conduct and felony jumping on bail. He has been convicted of several criminal offenses since 1999.

The independents Joe Sommerlad explains the tragedy:

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Pictured: Victim Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson

One of five victims killed in the Sunday Christmas parade tragedy has been pictured.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, has been described by those close to her as the “beating heart” of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, was the “beating heart” of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies

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Her 56-year-old husband David Sorenson told the Sentinel Journal his wife, who had a sore back and sleazy hip, initially had to travel the road in a van. But since the grannies were running out of numbers for the parade, Ms. Sorenson offered to hold a banner and walk with them.

The independents Hélène Elfer reports:

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The fire chief calls the consequences of the attack a “war zone”

The Waukesha fire chief compared the consequences of the attack on Sunday’s Christmas parade to a “war zone”.

In a moving press conference Monday, Chef Steven Howard was asked to describe the scene moments after a red SUV raced down the parade route, killing five people and injuring 48 others.

“It was … carnage,” he said.

Mr Howard said many first responders from the Wisconsin community came to the parade with their families, but ended up helping the injured after the chaos.

The independents Report by Megan Sheets and Namita Singh:

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Darrell Brooks faces a preliminary hearing on Tuesday

Darrell Brook’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The 39-year-old faces five counts of first degree intentional homicide, police said on Monday.

More charges could be added as the investigation continues, police said.

Darrell Brooks is pictured in a photo provided by authorities in Wisconsin

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Three victims were part of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies team

Three of the victims killed in Sunday’s attack were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies team. They are: Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; and Tamara Durand, 52 years old.

A fourth victim, Wilhelm Hospel, 81, was the husband of a team member and a group volunteer.

The independents Bevan Hurley has the latest news on the victims:

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Father tells how he got his daughter to safety

A father who witnessed the Christmas parade tragedy has revealed how his daughter pushed his daughter out of the way of the SUV that killed five people and injured 40 others.

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

“I noticed him walk through the crowd and noticed something was wrong,” Mr. Kluka Jr said TODAY. “And then I kinda saw people flying as I got up.

“I’m like ‘Oh no.’ My daughter got up, I threw her aside, then I yelled roughly, ‘Stand aside’, and my wife stepped aside.

The independents Gino Spocchia reports:

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