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79-year-old nurse and member of Dancing Grannies is one of five killed in Waukesha tragedy

A 79-year-old registered nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies is one of five fatalities from the tragedy in Waukesha on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, James Coolidge, 52, Wilhelm Hospel, 82.

Two children are in critical condition, 18 are still in hospital and 40 others were injured.

Virginia was a nurse for nearly twenty years and a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women who marched in the parade.

She was 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 think? Everything,” her husband told the Milwaukee Journal. “She liked the instruction. She loved the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She loved performing.’

He said Virginia helped the dancers get from the parking lot to the start of the trail on Sunday.

‘[She] would ride in the van behind the woman and become an instructor. They were short-lived, so she offered to hold the banner in the street. so she did. I was in the car at the end. I was waiting in the car,” he added.

“Those who died were extremely passionate grandmothers. Their eyes sparkled… joy of being a grandmother. They were the glue…holding us together,” the group wrote on Facebook.

Sorenson was a mother of three nurses member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women who marched in the parade

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a mother of three nurse member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women who marched in the parade

'What did she think?  Everything,” said Dave, Virginia's 56-year-old husband.  “She liked the instruction.  She loved the dancing and the camaraderie of the women.  She loved performing

‘What did she think? Everything,” said Dave, Virginia’s 56-year-old husband. “She liked the instruction. She loved the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She loved performing

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

Dancing grandma Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also seriously injured.  The severity of her injuries is unknown, but she is now in ICU, according to community members

Dancing grandma Betty Butula Streng, who had just joined the group, was also seriously injured. The severity of her injuries is unknown, but she is now in ICU, according to community members

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

In a Facebook comment, she encouraged newcomer grandma Betty Butula Streng to write, “Our future Milwaukee Dancing Granny…great picture, she’s got the moves and the smile.”

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

“Dear friends, please keep in prayer Betty. This parade in Waukesha was her first performance as part of the Dancing Grannies. She is currently in ICU. Please lift her and all others affected by this tragedy in prayer. Lord, in your grace…” Betty’s friend, Krist Ertl, posted on Facebook.

A Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a float was also fatally injured.

A suspect identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks was taken into custody for allegedly plowing his red SUV through crowds during the parade. Police said they found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of children and older dance groups.

“The Dancing Grannies of Milwaukee have been devastated by this appalling tragedy involving the loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas Parade,” the Dancing Grannies posted on Facebook.

Police said Brooks was on the run from domestic disputes and the attack was not fueled by terrorism.

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

More than one of the fatalities was part of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

“The Dancing Grannies of Milwaukee have been devastated by this appalling tragedy involving the 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 seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as shocked pedestrians try to get out of the way.

The grannies expressed their heartbreak after the tragedy.

The Facebook statement read: “Our group did what they loved, performing before crowds in a parade that brought smiles to faces of all ages and filled them with joy and happiness. During the performance, the grannies enjoyed the cheers and applause from the audience, which certainly put a smile on their faces and warmed their hearts.’

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

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

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, of Milwaukee, was arrested shortly after a red SUV drove into the annual Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, leaving at least five 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 assault and domestic violence

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, of Milwaukee, was arrested shortly after a red SUV drove into the annual Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, leaving at least five 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 assault and domestic violence

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

Brooks was arrested Sunday night in Waukesha.

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

He was on the run from the scene of a domestic dispute on Sunday when he collided with the crowd.

Police had just arrived at the house he had fled when he plowed into the crowd of the parade and killed five adults. The victims have been identified as four women and one man, ages 52 to 81.

Waukesha Police have now arrested Brooks on charges of five murders.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said, “This is not a terrorist event.”

The Christmas Parade kicked off on Sunday at 4:00 PM, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always supposed to be a short parade, ending half a mile away in the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4:39 p.m., the red SUV is filmed driving down Main Street. It crashed into the crowd, sending bodies flying into the air before continuing to the end of the parade where the car broke through the barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody, but it’s unclear where exactly

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