Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre Victims Identified

Five of the deceased victims were identified on Monday: 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson, 71-year-old LeAnna Owen, 52-year-old Tamara Durand, and 52-year-old Jane Kulich.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of grandmothers who meet weekly to practice dance routines for year round parades, said its members are among the fatalities.

Police released the names of those killed, including Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, who were all part of the Dancing Grannies group. Hospel helped the group.

“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,” it said in a statement. “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,” the group continued, adding that “our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.”

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