Suspect in deadly Waukesha holiday parade crash says he feels ‘demonized’

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Madison, Wis. – The man accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing six and injuring dozens, said Wednesday he felt like he was being “demonised.”

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Darrell Brooks Jr., in an interview with Fox News from the Waukesha County Jail, did not provide any details about a possible motive.

As Fox reports, Brooks said, “I feel like I’m being demonic — demonic.”


According to a criminal complaint, Brooks paraded his SUV in Waukesha on November 21. Witnesses said that he was roaming around and was deliberately trying to kill people. Minutes later he was arrested as he was standing on the porch of a nearby house asking the owner of the house to help him ride.

Police said he had fled the scene of the domestic disturbance when the parade turned, though officers were not following him at the time. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree willful murder.

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Brooks’ mother, Don Woods, issued a letter Wednesday expressing the family’s condolences to the victims.

She said her son has been suffering from mental health issues for a long time and that he lacked the insurance and finances to continue his medication and counseling as he became an adult, leading him to commit the crime.

“Mental illness is real and the system is broken and should be fixed now, not next year or now with a new law. A lot of people like Darrell who have fallen through the cracks because of a broken system that someone has Didn’t care to address, they can get the help they so desperately need,” Woods wrote letter, previously retrieved by WDJT-TV,

At the time of the accident, Brooks was out on $1,000 bail in a Milwaukee County case in which he is accused of intentionally hitting a woman with his car. He was charged in that case on November 5.

He is also a defendant in another Milwaukee County case since 2020 in which he is accused of shooting his nephew and another man.

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