Dancing grannies have been identified among the dead and injured after a car ploughed into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday.
Local police Chief Dan Thompson stated in a press conference that the vehicle struck more than 40 individuals, including 12 children, killing five people.
A spokesman for Children’s Wisconsin told the New York Times that the hospital, which treats only pediatric patients, had admitted 15 people on Sunday but details of their condition were not confirmed.
The Aurora Medical Center–Summit, said in a statement that it was treating 13 patients, including three in critical condition.
This morning, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a troupe of women aged 50 to 70-plus, confirmed several “grannies” had died in an emotional Facebook post.
The group which was formed in 1984 and perform in 25 parades every year wrote: "The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade.
“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. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.
“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.
“Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.
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"Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives has forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to the Independent, members of a youth dancing troupe, The Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team, have also been named among those injured in the attack.
No details of their injuries have been released yet but a thank you message was posted to well-wishers on social media as they asked that the public would “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers."
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The Catholic Community of Waukesha confirmed on Facebook that “several parishioners” had been injured in the attack.
Police have made an arrest in connection with the incident as US media claims a rapper Darrell Brooks Jr., also known as MathBoi Fly on Facebook, was arrested from a red Ford SUV outside of his home.
The investigation continues.
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