Madison, Wis. – Friends and families of nearly 60 people, including several children, say they have suffered life-threatening injuries after an SUV was hit by an SUV during a Christmas parade in a suburb of downtown Milwaukee.

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One of them, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, passed away on Tuesday, his parents announced on their GoFundMe page. His brother, 12-year-old Tucker Sparks, was about to be discharged from the hospital.

The boys, among three sets of siblings hospitalized after being hit by an SUV, were marching with their baseball team when they were hit.


According to Alyssa Albro, the niece of the boys’ parents, Aaron and Sherry Sparks, Tucker has head injuries, but is recovering and will be sent home. Jackson had a more serious brain injury.

“The whole family is devastated,” Albro wrote.

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A moment captured in cellphone video, a young girl, who is a member of the dance troupe by SUV, woke up on Monday and told doctors, “Just glue me back together,” on a GoFundMe fundraising page hosted by a family friend of hers. According to.

“No child or parent should go through so much pain and suffering,” the girl’s mother, Amber Konhke, posted on Tuesday afternoon.

Fundraisers detail some of the injuries from the incident, which has so far killed six people and left more than 60 injured. The suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr., was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional murder. A sixth count for the death of Jackson Sparks, which occurred after the complaint was filed, will be added, according to Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.

Kohnke’s daughter Jesselyn is shown on a GoFundMe page smiling directly at the camera, wearing a white Santa hat and holding matching pompoms. She poses with other girls from the Waukesha Extreme dance team, who were killed in a photo of her.

According to the fundraising account set up by family friend Oscar Luna, Jesselyn is “fighting for her life”. Luna said she lost a kidney, her pelvis was broken and her liver and lungs were damaged.

“This holiday season will be a brutal one for them,” he said of his family.

In an update posted Tuesday morning, Luna wrote that she woke up briefly on Monday.

“She’s not fully aware of the severity of her injuries, but managed to say, ‘Just stick me back together,'” he wrote. “Only a child can refer to himself as a little doll in this situation.”

Julia, who was marching with her dance team and whose last name has not even been given, is in the fight for her life, suffering brain trauma after being hit, at her fundraising set up by family friend Jane McCarthy. The page says.

“Everybody knows this little girl knows what happiness she brings to the world,” Post says. “She has a heart of gold, a smile that can light up a room and is loved by many.”

According to an online fundraiser, Aidan Lafferin, a senior at Waukesha South High School, was injured while performing with a marching band, fracturing his ribs.

The family is “difficult, but the road ahead is going to be tough physically and emotionally too,” the organizer posted.

Another band member, saxophonist Tyler Pudliner, was also killed and has had two surgeries since Sunday. “They have a long road to recovery,” wrote Joanne Chamil, one of the two people who raised money to help Pudliner.

Tamara Rosentreter was doing what she loved, entertaining the crowd as part of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies when she collided with an SUV that killed three of her fellow dancers.

The mother of four and grandmother of one were the leaders of the congregation, according to an online fundraiser seeking help with Rosecentre’s recovery. The organizer posted a message from Rosecentre, which read, “I’m still here. Lots of pain, stitches, broken bones and lots of bumps and bruises. Love you all.”

She described how one woman prayed for him at the scene “to help give me peace and comfort” and how another kept him warm with a blanket.

“This tragedy is so hard to wrap my head around,” she said, adding “heartache” to the victims and their families who witnessed the devastation and “to my peers and their families who are my family.”

Lucero Isabel Perales says several family members were part of the parade and collided with the SUV. This includes a cousin who has a skull fracture who is in a coma, an uncle who underwent six hours of surgery for a broken leg, and another cousin who had bruises all over his body.

“This is a very difficult time for all of us, it was something unexpected,” wrote Isabel Perales.

Nearly $900,000 had been raised as of Tuesday evening for the 22 GoFundMe-verified pages for the parade victims. Another community fund for victims had raised more than $600,000 as of Tuesday morning, Waukesha Mayor Sean Reilly said. The Waukesha County Community Foundation said the fund had grown to more than $916,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s so much to support,” Reilly said. “It warms your heart to know that people are saying, ‘We support your community, we feel for you.


Associated Press writer Carrie Entlefinger contributed to this Milwaukee report. Weber reported from Fenton, Michigan.


This story has corrected the spelling of Rosentrator on other references.