It has been one week since six people were killed in a parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
Three of the deceased were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies group, who were pronounced dead at the scene. Two adults were also killed in the attack when a red SUV plowed through parade barricades and ran over dancers and performers in the streets.
An 8-year-old boy, Jackson Sparks, passed away on Tuesday after he underwent surgery on Sunday night. Over a dozen children were sent to the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, including 11-year-old Jessalyn Torres, who asked doctors to glue her back together.
An Empty Seat At The Thanksgiving Table
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Today marks one week since the tragic events at the Waukesha parade. We are grateful to share that a ninth child admitted last Sunday was discharged and was able to return home.
— Children’s Wisconsin 🏥 (@childrenswi) November 28, 2021
With many injured still in the hospital, families struggled to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family members still hospitalized after the attack.
Although one child was finally released from the hospital over Thanksgiving weekend, seven children still remain in the hospital. According to hospital officials, three children are still in serious condition. Three children are in fair condition and one is in good condition.
Although the hospital did not disclose the ages of the remaining children, they initially admitted children ranging in age from three to sixteen on Sunday night.
They offered their condolences for the victims of the tragedy and offered their Mental and Behavioral Health Helpline, (414) 266-6500, as a resource for any family seeking help with the emotional impact of trauma.
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Another family is celebrating the life of Tamara Durand, 52, on Monday, November 28, 2021.
According to her obituary, Durand, a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, was also a mother of three, a grandmother, an elementary school teacher, and a cheerleading coach who loved to compete in half-marathons and 5Ks. She had Masters degrees in Education and Theology and was working on completing a Doctorate in Theology.
Durand was an organ donor, and her family is hoping that her organs will be donated to survivors of the attack so she can “continue helping people even after her passing.”
Durand is not the only victim whose organs will be hopefully donated to survivors.
Another victim, Jane Kulich, was known as a regular churchgoer who always loved to entertain those around her with her fun-loving sense of humor.
Her sister-in-law, Shawn Kulich, told PEOPLE that Jane was also an organ donor and the family was relieved to know that some of her organs could be used to help other survivors.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Shawn said. “My brother and his children were so thrilled to learn this news. Some tears from this tragedy have been turned into tears of joy now!!!! I know Jane is smiling for this!”
The primary suspect in the attack, Darrell Brooks Jr., is being held on a $5 million dollar bond. A GoFundMe set up to cover his bail expenses has been removed. Brooks is a registered sex offender who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Nevada. He recently posted a mere $1,000 dollar bond after allegedly punching the mother of his child in the face and running her over with his car at a gas station shortly before the heartbreaking tragedy.