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Waukesha residents hold vigil and a moment of silence remember victims week after parade car attack

A ninth child has been discharged from hospital in Wisconsin one week after being injured in the Waukesha Christmas parade.  

A vigil was held in Waukesha on Sunday afternoon to mark exactly a week since Darrell Brooks, 39, plowed into the festive event, killing six.

Seven children are still recovering in the hospital after Brooks, who was free on bail for domestic abuse allegations at the time, plowed into revelers at the annual Christmas celebration on the outskirts of Milwaukee.

Three of children are still in serious condition with another three in fair condition. One is in good condition, Children’s Hospital Wisconsin detailed. 

Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin held a moment of silence on Sunday to honor the victims of the Christmas parade tragedy that occurred last Sunday

Hundreds gathered at a downtown park Sunday night in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a candlelight vigil in honor of those lost and hurt

Hundreds gathered at a downtown park Sunday night in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a candlelight vigil in honor of those lost and hurt

Mayor Shawn Reilly, right, held the silence at 4:39 pm on Sunday exactly one week after the tragedy which saw a driver plowed through a crowd in a holiday parade

Mayor Shawn Reilly, right, held the silence at 4:39 pm on Sunday exactly one week after the tragedy which saw a driver plowed through a crowd in a holiday parade

Some people held signs that displayed broken heart and teardrops

Some people held signs that displayed broken heart and teardrops 

Six people were killed in the incident with more than 60 others injured.  

‘We hold deep appreciation for the care and compassion of the Children’s Wisconsin team and the ongoing support of our community,’ the hospital tweeted on Sunday afternoon.   

Brooks, who has a lengthy rap sheet allegedly used a red Ford Escape to drive into the crowd.

He was out on bail after having allegedly run over his girlfriend with the SUV earlier in November. 

Brooks was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the attack but will face a sixth charge after the youngest victim, Jackson Sparks, died from his injuries before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Brooks is now being held in jail ahead of his next court appearance.  

Those gathered did their best to keep their candles burning bright for the duration of the vigil

Those gathered did their best to keep their candles burning bright for the duration of the vigil

The makeshift memorial shone brightly as dusk fell over the Wisconsin town

The makeshift memorial shone brightly as dusk fell over the Wisconsin town

People of all ages appeared to gather at the vigil for the victims of last Sunday's car attack

People of all ages appeared to gather at the vigil for the victims of last Sunday’s car attack

On Sunday afternoon, a vigil was held at a memorial in the town as residents gathered to share their thoughts and support one another through grief. 

A pair of clergy solemnly read the names of those who died: Wilhelm Hospel, 81; Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich and Jackson Sparks, 8.

Volunteers handed out sandwiches, hot chocolate and candles at the vigil, which was attended by interfaith leaders and elected officials. 

‘These families are going through a really hard time. Everybody that was here a week ago, through the tragedy, just went through such trauma and to see the community come together tonight was absolutely beautiful,’ said Krys Crawley to TMJ4. 

Flowers, candles and crosses have been laid at the base of a war memorial in the town

Flowers, candles and crosses have been laid at the base of a war memorial in the town

The city lit blue lights which will stay illuminated throughout the holidays to honor the victims of the Christmas parade tragedy

The city lit blue lights which will stay illuminated throughout the holidays to honor the victims of the Christmas parade tragedy

Songs were sung as people held candles while praying for the victims who lost lives and those who remain recovering in hospital

Songs were sung as people held candles while praying for the victims who lost lives and those who remain recovering in hospital

Brooks, 39, was free on $1,000 bail when he allegedly careered into the parade November 21

Brooks, 39, was free on $1,000 bail when he allegedly careered into the parade November 21

‘Everybody comes together, everybody supports each other, that’s the community of Waukesha,’ said Kelly Fleming.

As the time approached 4:39pm, a moment of silence was held remembering the horrific events that occurred exactly one week earlier. 

‘We will grieve as a community, and we will heal as a community,’ Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said.

‘It’s just one of those memories that’s not going to go away anytime soon and it’s supportive of the people who got hurt, the people who got killed. It’s just unbelievable,’ said Dan Young to ABC7.

'It's just one of those memories that's not going to go away anytime soon and it's supportive of the people who got hurt, the people who got killed. It's just unbelievable,' said Dan Young

‘It’s just one of those memories that’s not going to go away anytime soon and it’s supportive of the people who got hurt, the people who got killed. It’s just unbelievable,’ said Dan Young

Some residents and local officials made remarks at the vigil

Some residents and local officials made remarks at the vigil 

Residents and businesses have been asked to illuminate a blue light outside of their premises keep them on through the holidays as a symbol of unity.

Residents and businesses have been asked to illuminate a blue light outside of their premises keep them on through the holidays as a symbol of unity.

After the silence, the ceremony continued with songs and prayers.

‘We are parents. We are neighbors. We are hurting. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are thankful. We are all in this together. We are Waukesha Strong,’ said a tearful Amanda Medina Roddy with the Waukesha school district.

Together with red and green holiday lights, blue bulbs illuminate the streets as a way for the town to symbolize the terrible incident in a unique way. 

Businesses and city council members gave out blue light bulbs to residents, who have been asked to keep them illuminated outside of their homes throughout the holiday period. 

‘Blue is the color of unity,’ the mayor explained.  ‘Today and through the holidays, we ask you all to show unity with the injured with a simple act, unite with a blue light.’


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