Among the six people killed in the massacre during the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday were three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a dance troupe made up of grandmothers who enjoy performing for their communities.
The group posted touching Facebook Monday’s announcement honors fallen grandmothers and celebrates their legacy.
In a display of admirable restraint, the club showed no anger towards the suspect, the professional criminal. Darrell Brooks, who was released from prison on a $1,000 cash bond earlier this month following his latest arrest in a series of crimes spanning more than two decades.
“Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are [devastated] because this is terrible [tragedy] with loss of life and injuries during the Waukesha Christmas Parade,” the group wrote.
“Our group did what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade that brought smiles to the faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,” the post said. .
“While performing, the ladies enjoyed hearing the cheers and applause of the crowd, which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.”
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies remember those who lost their lives as “extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes sparkled… ..but happy to be Grannie. They are binders…. Keep us together. ”
“Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted,” the group said.
The post ended with the call: “Keep them [and] their family, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone [whose] life has forever changed in your thoughts and prayers. ”
The Dancing Grannies, founded in 1984, perform in about 25 parades each year between Memorial Day and Christmas, according to the group’s website.
“They have won many titles, but it is the enthusiasm and smiles from children and adults of all ages that warm the hearts of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies,” the club wrote.
Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, were the Dancing Grannies who died when Brooks was allegedly driving his SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade.
“Sorenson, known as Ginny, loves to dance and is an instructor and choreographer who helps newcomers and veterans alike with Dancing Grannies routines,” Hannah Kirby wrote. Tuesday in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Organization is an integral part of Owen’s identity. Her husband David Durand said. ”
Also killed was Wilhelm Hospel, 81, whose wife, Lola, was a member of the delegation. Kirby writes that Hospel “helped, shuttled the dancers and made sure everyone got what they needed”.
Outside the six people were killed, Dozens of people were injured in the riot.
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