Darrell Brooks appears in court following Wisconsin parade attack
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, seen wide-eyed in a new mugshot released earlier in the day, 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.
Doorbell camera footage captured Mr Brooks waiting for an Uber outside a home roughly 20 minutes after he plowed through the parade. The homeowner said he invited Mr Brooks in for a sandwich before police arrived to arrest him.
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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.
In a Facebook post, Sandy Feller wrote on behalf of the group, “ We at Waukesha Xtreme Dance offer our gratitude for the 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 time 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, becomes the first of many injured children to have died.
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, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home.
This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly 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 back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday, his attorney’s arm on his back, as the charges against him were detailed. His bail was set at $5 million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 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 is accused of speeding away from police and entering the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday night, refusing to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop.
Additional reporting by AP
Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 08:35
ICYMI:Everything we know about the Waukesha attack suspect
The man taken into custody after an SUV drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday night is 39-year-old Milwaukee local Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, say police. Joe Sommerlad has more in this report.
Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 08:15
Jackson Sparks, 8, becomes the first of many injured children to have died
Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 07:55
8-year-old boy is the sixth person to die
An 8-year-old boy became the sixth person to die Tuesday as a result of a man driving his SUV into a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade.
A criminal complaint alleges that the suspect in the case steered side-to-side with the intent of striking marchers and spectators.
Jackson Sparks, 8, was the first of many injured children to have died. He was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and was being discharged from the 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.
Additional reporting by AP
Charlene Rodrigues24 November 2021 07:35
Affidavit: Brooks ‘drove in zigzag’ at Waukesha parade
An affidavit by the police against Darrell Brooks reveals more details into what investigators believe happened at the Waukesha Christmas parade which left six people, including a six-year-old, dead.
The document says a total of 62 people were left injured when Brooks drove his red SUV into the crowd gathered for the Christmas parade.
Brooks was initially driving at an approximate speed of 25 miles per hour, sticking to the north side of the road, according to the affidavit, before he began increasing the speed.
The car began “getting closer to parade spectators, and almost struck a small juvenile who was standing in one of the parking stalls on the north side of the road as its speed was increasing.”
“The vehicle then appeared to rapidly accelerate,” the document says, and “took an abrupt left turn into the crowd of parade participants.”
An eyewitness quoted in the complaint said that the SUV “continued to drive in a zig-zag motion,” adding that the car was trying to avoid other cars but not people.
Brooks did not make any attempt to stop or slow down his car even while hitting the people, as another witness added that it was “a direct intent to hit as many parade participants.
“This was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” mentions the affidavit.
Stuti Mishra24 November 2021 07:01