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Over $ 1.3 million raised for victims of Waukesha Christmas parade

Verified GoFundMe accounts raised more than $ 1.3 million for victims and their families following the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday, where Darrell E. Brooks Jr. allegedly plowed an SUV on the parade route, killing six people and injuring over forty others.

At 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, some $ 1,355,141 was raised in total between 22 different verified GoFundMe accounts. The accounts aim to collect donations for hospital expenses, funeral expenses, etc.

Brooks, 39, was arrested for committing the mayhem on Sunday and was charged Tuesday with five counts of first degree manslaughter, Breitbart News reported.

Waukesha County Prosecutor Susan Opper has announced that she intends to lay an additional charge of intentional homicide after the death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who died Tuesday from injuries he sustained during of the Sunday parade, according to UPI.

Victims who died from the attack on the Christmas parade include:

1.) Wilhelm Hospel, 81 years old

2.) Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79 years old

3.) LeAnna Owen, 71

4.) Tamara Durand, 52 years old

5.) Jane Kulich, 52

6.) Jackson Sparks, 8

Judge Kevin Costello set Brooks’ bond at $ 5 million, saying the defendant poses a flight risk because he has repeatedly broken laws and ignored court orders in the past, according to UPI.

“I haven’t seen anything like it in my very long career,” Costello said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that earlier this month, Brooks was charged with attempting to run over a woman and was released on $ 1,000 bail:

Darrell Brooks Jr., the man suspected of being the driver, has been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on November 5 in connection with ‘an incident of domestic violence for which he was also charged. by resisting or obstructing an agent. In this month’s case, a woman told police Brooks purposely hit her “with his vehicle” as she walked through the parking lot of a gas station after he followed her there after a fight, according to the criminal complaint. The woman was hospitalized for her injuries, court records show.

Brooks posted $ 1,000 bail on Nov. 11 in the most recent incident and was released from the Milwaukee County Jail on Nov. 16, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. He was also charged in July 2020 with two counts of second degree felony recklessly endangering the safety of others by using a dangerous weapon.

A clear motive for Brooks’ alleged rampage has yet to be revealed, but police said the attack was “intentional.”

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