Victims of the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade terror attack say that the media has largely forgotten them because the attack didn't fit the buzzy media narrative, the New York Post reports.
What's a brief history here?
Authorities arrested suspect Darrell Brooks after he reportedly drove his SUV into crowds of people at the Waukesha Christmas parade.
The attack took the lives of at least six people including an 8-year-old boy and injured dozens more.
Brooks — a hardened, violent career criminal and registered sex offender whose Facebook page was once rife with anti-white sentiment — faces six counts of intentional homicide in connection with the attack.
Here are the witnesses' stories
Sharon Millard, a 68-year-old performer with the Dancing Grannies, said that she witnessed her friend, 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson, "tossed up in the air like a rag doll" after being struck by Brooks' red SUV.
"No one ever saw him coming," she recalled. "He was going so fast. All I knew is I saw Ginny fly up in the air and land in front of me. I saw her curled up and blood was coming out of her like a river. I was standing in blood.”
Millard added that myriad witnesses saw Brooks drive down the parade route in a zig-zag pattern — as if to ensure maximum carnage — and aim "to get as many people as he could."
“They should put him in a room and let us have a go at him," the 68-year-old said. "I think he deserves the death penalty. He will burn in hell.”
Sorenson died as a result of the attack.
“I can’t stop seeing Ginny dying in front of me in my head,” Millard said. “I know I’m not the only one who was affected like that. I can’t imagine us getting over this.”
Two other Dancing Grannies — 71-year-old LeAnna Owen and 52-year-old Tamara Durand — were also killed during the parade.
William Hospel, the 81-year-old husband of a Dancing Granny, was killed, as was 52-year-old Jane Kulich and 8-year-old Jackson Sparks.
Crystal Ruloff, another bystander, said that she'll never forget the terror that unfolded that fateful day.
“It was absolutely horrible,” Ruloff said. “There were bodies everywhere. I felt like I was watching something on TV and it wasn’t real. This kind of thing doesn’t happen in Waukesha.”
Waukesha resident and State Rep. Cindi Duchow (R) told the outlet that there are children injured so grievously during the attack that they have to learn how to walk all over again.
“We’ve got six people dead and teenagers so badly injured they will have to learn to walk again — at Christmas," Duchow said. “Because this was a black guy who did it, the media doesn’t want to cover it. They were all over the Rittenhouse case because that kid was white. Race doesn’t matter to us here, but the media makes everything about race.”
State Sen. Chris Kapenga (R) also blasted what he said was the media's narrative surrounding the events, dropping the story and its victims like a hot potato once finding out that the suspect is a hardened criminal who isn't white.
“The left was so sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims but they’re not saying a word about the victims here,” Kapenga spat. “It’s not fitting their narrative. The reality is that this person [Brooks] is pure evil and the left’s soft-on-crime policies are blowing up in their face. But they want to ignore it and hope it goes away. Meanwhile the parents of the 8-year-old boy killed at the parade are having to face their first Christmas without him.”
Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said that it's going to take a long time for the community to heal following the inexplicable tragedy.
“It’s taken away some of our innocence,” Reilly admitted. “I don’t think we’ll ever feel the same about going to the parade. We feel great sadness for those affected. Some of the injuries were terrible. A lot of people were run over by cars so there are a lot of head injuries. A lot saw the carnage right in front of them. We are going to be dealing with this for a long time.”
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