Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt has offered to pay for the funeral costs of all of the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade victims who lost their lives after a suspect mowed them down during Sunday celebrations, according to various reports.
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Watt, a Waukesha native who graduated from Peewauken High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has reportedly offered to cover all funeral costs for Waukesha's Christmas parade attack victims.
Following the tragedy, Watt tweeted, "Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha tonight. Horrific images. Truly hoping everyone is going to be OK and those not involved are now safe. Thankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded."
Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha tonight. \n\nHorrific images. \n\nTruly hoping everyone is going to be ok and those not involved are now safe. \n\nThankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded.— JJ Watt (@JJ Watt) 1637543911
Local reporter Cory Jennerjohn
reported, "J.J. Watt is covering the funeral costs for everyone that lost their life in the Waukesha Christmas Parade. That is an amazing gesture. He has such a huge heart."
At the time of this reporting, Jennerjohn's tweet has been liked more than 33,000 times.
J.J. Watt is covering the funeral costs for everyone that lost their life in the Waukesha Christmas Parade. That is an amazing gesture. He has such a huge heart.— Cory Jennerjohn (@Cory Jennerjohn) 1637687229
At least six people have died at the time of this reporting after a suspect rammed into crowds at the Waukesha parade. Dozens more sustained injuries in the senseless and vicious attack.
The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, was charged on Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. A sixth charge is pending after the death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks.
Other murder victims include 52-year-old Jane Kulich, 52-year-old Tamara Durand, 71-year-old LeAnna Owen, 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson, and 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel.
Prosecutors say that Brooks could face additional charges related to the attack in the coming days.
WISN-TV reports a variety of ways to assist the victims and the Waukesha community at large.
Those interested can donate through the Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way in order to provide resources to impacted families, as well as through private GoFundMe pages for individual families and impacted groups such as the Waukesha South High School Band and the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team.