‘Dancing Grannies’ Among Waukesha Parade Victims
Police have identified some of the victims killed during the Waukesha Christmas parade attack Sunday. They were identified asLeAnna Owen, 71; Wilhelm Hospel, 81, Tamara Durand, 52;Virginia Sorenson, 79 and Jane Kulich, 52, Fox News reported.
Four out of the five victims were members of the dancing group called the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.
The dancing group mourned the loss of their “passionate grannies” on Facebook Tuesday, posting photos of Owen, Hospel, Durand and Sorenson.
“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,” the social media post said. “Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.”
The group responded to an “outpouring of love and kind words for the Dancing Grannies” in another post.
“The outpouring of prayers, messages and sentiments sent to the grannies over this devastating loss have touched us deeply. Many are asking how they can help,” they wrote. “This FB page will be updated as we make arrangements to receive cards, donations and sentiments.”
Hospel, the only man killed in the attack, was helping the group because his wife Lola is a member, according to the Post.
Kulich, a Citizens Bank employee, was walking beside the company’s float when the red SUV plowed through the parade-goers.