Four of the 5 victims who had been killed after a purple SUV plowed into Christmas parade marchers and spectators in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday night had been members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies membership. 

Police launched the names of the members on Monday. They had been Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Virginia Sorenson was one of the victims in the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy. 

Virginia Sorenson was one among the victims in the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy. 

A fifth individual, Jane Kulich, 52, died, however she was not a member of the membership. 

Formed in 1984, the Dancing Grannies performs in about 25 parades annually from Memorial Day to Christmas, in keeping with its website

While performing, the grannies loved listening to the crowds cheers and applause which definitely introduced smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts

— Dancing Grannies of Milwaukee

Members observe as soon as every week nearly year-round. The group says its members’ ages vary from early 50s to mid 70s. 


The solely requirement for becoming a member of is to be a grandmother. There are roughly 100 grandchildren and even some great-grandchildren amongst its members, in keeping with the group’s web site. 

The membership said it was “devastated” by the horrible 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 membership stated. “While performing, the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds’ cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.” 

Countless different victims – together with youngsters – had been injured in Sunday evening’s assault. At least 9 sufferers had been listed in vital situation in two hospitals, and 7 others had been reported in critical situation. 

Toppled chairs are seen among holiday decorations in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade injuring dozens of people Sunday, Nov 21. 2021. 

Toppled chairs are seen amongst vacation decorations in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed right into a Christmas parade injuring dozens of individuals Sunday, Nov 21. 2021. 
((AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))

Eighteen youngsters ages 3 to 16 had been dropped at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, together with three units of siblings, stated Dr. Amy Drendel, medical director of the emergency division. 


They suffered accidents starting from scrapes on their faces to damaged bones and critical head accidents, she stated. Six had been listed in vital situation.

Darrell Brooks, person of interest in Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade crash

Darrell Brooks, individual of curiosity in Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade crash
(Wisconsin Department of Justice)

Police recognized the suspect who plowed by way of the crowd in a purple SUV as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr., of Milwaukee. They stated he had left the scene of a home dispute that had taken place simply minutes earlier, Police Chief Dan Thompson stated. He was not being chased by police at the time of the crash. 

The parade, held annually on the Sunday earlier than Thanksgiving, is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. This yr’s parade was the 59th one.

Waukesha is about 55 miles from Kenosha, the place Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday of all prices in the taking pictures deaths of two males and the wounding of a 3rd throughout unrest there in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report