Waukesha Christmas parade attack victims include members of ‘Dancing Grannies’

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Four of the 5 folks killed within the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Sunday had been affiliated with a dancing group of older ladies referred to as the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, had been members of the Dancing Grannies, identified for carrying pompoms and entertaining crowds with synchronized routines, in accordance with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Victim Wilhelm Hospel, 81, was serving to the group as a result of his spouse Lola is a member, his brother instructed The Post.

A fifth sufferer, Jane Kulich, 52, was a Citizens Bank worker who was killed strolling together with the corporate’s parade float, in accordance with reviews and a financial institution assertion

Durand’s husband David, 52, stated she was the youngest of the Dancing Grannies and had been set to carry out with the group for the primary time. David and his father-in-law drove out to the scene once they heard what had occurred and he believes his spouse died instantly.

“I wasn’t able to get close to her body because they were blocking everything off,” David instructed The Post. “There were a lot of bodies and injured people, so it was not easy to see at first. So I had to identify her at the morgue.”

Leana "Lee" Owen
Leana “Lee” Owen was recognized as a sufferer within the Waukesha Parade hit-and-run rampage.
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He remembered his spouse as a giving and caring one who volunteered to assist dying folks and babysat her granddaughter usually.

“She danced her way through life, and she danced when there was no music,” he stated. “And she was beautiful and attractive, but it was funny because she ate Twinkies for breakfast. She had more sugar than a sugar factory, but she ran every morning whether it was 15 degrees below or 85 or above.”

People gather for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021 in Waukesha,, Wisc.
Mourners collect for a vigil a day after the tragic attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisc.
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Durand’s final Facebook post made hours earlier than an SUV plowed into the gang on the Waukesha, killing the 5 and injuring dozens extra, confirmed her smiling, holding her pompoms and wearing a winter coat and hat.

“HERE WE GO!” she wrote within the put up, alongside Santa Claus emojis. “First Milwaukee Dancing Grannies parade! So excited!” She was a former hospice chaplain and a chaplain at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, in accordance with her LinkedIn profile.

People gather for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021
The Dancing Grannies stated it was “devastated” by the tragedy.
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Lola and Wilhelm Hospel
Wilhelm Hospel was serving to the group as a result of his spouse Lola is a member.
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Theodore Hospel, 84, instructed The Post he was on a golf course in Florida when he heard his little brother Wilhelm was one of the victims. Wilhelm, the youngest of 4 brothers, died from inside bleeding and accidents to his pelvis, his brother stated.

“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 stated. “And lo and behold, the youngest one goes first.”

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Tamara Durand’s remaining Facebook put up confirmed her smiling, holding her pompoms and wearing a winter coat and hat.
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Virginia "Ginny" Sorenson
Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson helped with choreography and was a mentor to newer Dancing Grannies.
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Theodore stated he visited Wilhelm and Lola in Wisconsin usually, and located his brother “always repairing things” in a rental property he owned regardless of being retired.

“His job was never done, but he was so healthy,” Theodore stated. “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.”

A memorial for victim Jane Kulich
A memorial for sufferer Jane Kulich.
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People gather for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021 in Waukesha,, Wisc.
People collect for a vigil on Monday in Waukesha, Wisc.
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Sorenson, a former registered nurse with three kids and 6 grandchildren, helped with choreography and was a mentor to newer Dancing Grannies regardless of a foul again and hip, the Journal Sentinel stated.

“She liked the instructing,” her husband David instructed the newspaper. “She liked the dancing and the camaraderie of the women. She liked to perform.”

She had deliberate to participate within the parade in a van, however on the final minute helped carry the banner on the rear of the group throughout the procession, her grieving husband stated.

The Dancing Grannies stated it was “devastated” by the tragedy in a Facebook post made Monday.

Jane Kulich
Jane Kulich was a Citizens Bank worker who was killed strolling together with the corporate’s parade float.
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“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 put up stated. “While performing the grannies loved listening to the crowds cheers and applause which definitely introduced smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies,” the group stated within the assertion. “Their eyes gleamed …. Joy of being a Grannie. They had been the glue …. held us collectively.’

Citizens Bank memorialized Kulich in a press release launched Monday, although the corporate didn’t determine her by title.

“One of our team members who was walking with our parade float was struck and passed away as a result of her injuries,” the assertion stated. “Our condolences go out to her family and friends for this inconceivable loss. Please lift up our team and the entire community as we all grieve.”

People gather for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021
People collect for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021.
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People gather for a vigil at Cutler Park on Monday, November 22, 2021 in Waukesha,, Wisc
Five folks had been killed within the attack on the Christmas parade on Sunday.
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Darrell Brooks, 39, was arrested and charged with 5 counts of intentional murder within the attack, which injured 48 folks.

The district legal professional had stated Brooks was out on “inappropriately low” bond, which angered David Durand.

“This is a very easy cause and effect when you let somebody out like that,” Durand stated. “It’s just a nonsensical, stupid thing. It’s not complex: bad guys do bad things, and then he gets out and does more bad things, and people die.”