Among the six people killed in the Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday were three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a dance troupe made up of grandmothers who love to perform for their community.
The group posted a touching one Facebook statement on Monday honoring the deceased grandmothers and celebrating their heritage.
In an impressive display of restraint, the club did not express anger at the suspect, a career criminal Darrell Brooks, who was released from jail on a $ 1,000 cash bond earlier this month after his latest arrest in a litany of crimes spanning more than two decades.
“The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are [devastated] by this awful [tragedy] with loss of life and injuries at the Waukesha Christmas parade, ”the group wrote.
“Our group does what they want, performing in front of a crowd in a parade that puts smiles on the faces of all ages, fills them with joy and happiness,” the post said.
“As the grandmothers performed it was a pleasure to hear the shouts and applause of the people which surely brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.”
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies remember the dead as “extremely passionate Grannnies. Their eyes are glowing… ..the joy of being a Grandma. They are the glue … who met us. “
“Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates are available, it will be posted,” the group said.
The post closed with an appeal: “Please keep them [and] their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and all [whose] Lives are changed forever with your thoughts and prayers. “
The Dancing Grannies troupe, formed in 1984, performs approximately 25 parades each year between Memorial Day and Christmas, according to group website.
“They won many trophies, but it was the enthusiasm and smiles from kids and adults of all ages that warmed 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 drove his SUV by the Waukesha Christmas parade.
“Sorenson, known as Ginny, loves to dance and is an instructor and choreographer who helps newcomers and veterans with the activities of the Dancing Grannies,” Hannah Kirby wrote Tuesday in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Organization is an important part of Owen’s identity. Durand ‘danced his life,’ said his wife David Durand.
Wilhelm Hospel, 81, whose wife, Lola, was a member of the troop, was also killed. Kirby writes that Hospel “helped, delivered the dancers and made sure everyone had what they needed.”
In addition to six people died, dozens were injured in the uprising.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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