A Wisconsin man whose spouse and 11-year-old daughter had been critically injured in Sunday’s lethal Christmas parade attack stated he “almost fell to the floor” when he bought the decision.
“I was almost killed by it,” Rigoberto Perez, 47, advised The Post on Monday. “I said, ‘Please God, don’t take my daughter and my wife.’”
Perez stated he was house Sunday afternoon whereas his spouse, Romelia, and daughter Camila had been having fun with the Waukesha parade — solely to study each had been slammed by a Ford Escort SUV that barreled by the group, killing 5 individuals and injuring greater than 40.
Now, his younger daughter is in the hospital with a damaged femur after present process emergency surgical procedure, and his spouse suffered “a lot of broken bones” and is “in a lot of pain.”
“I don’t understand,” Perez stated. “I was eating with my wife and daughter yesterday. Now they’re sleeping in the hospital. It’s hard.”
He stated his spouse advised him “she was walking on the street and, boom! She don’t remember nothing. She woke up and she’s in the hospital. She’s been crying and crying a lot.”
Perez famous his daughter, the youthful of the couple’s two kids, “hasn’t said nothing yet. She’s only crying, crying, crying.”
“She said, ‘Where’s my mom and where’s my dad?’” he stated, tearing up.
Romelia and Camila Perez had been dancing with a church group when the SUV mowed down marchers and spectators round 4:40 p.m.
Among these killed in the tragedy had been members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, the group stated on Facebook.
Police on Monday stated Darrell Brooks 39, was charged with 5 counts of intentional homicide in the incident and stated terrorism had been dominated out as a motive.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson stated Brooks acted alone.
“I have nothing to say to the guy,” Rigoberto Perez stated of Brooks. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him to be outside and kill people … what can I do?”
“My wife, she’s here,” he stated. “My daughter is in the hospital too. Why does it matter about him? Hopefully, he’s not feeling good.”