Sen. Baldwin, Sen. Johnson request a moment of silence on Senate floor for victims of Christmas parade tragedy

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Ron Johnson(WSAW)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 1:59 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, Wis. (WSAW) - Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson both spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday and requested a moment of silence to honor the victims of horrific violence at the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

The victims are Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52, Wilhelm Hospel, 81 and Jackson Sparks, 8.

“We can also show our support by offering a moment of silence here on the floor of the United States Senate which I will ask for following remarks by my colleague from Wisconsin, who I now yield to,” said Sen. Johnson.

“The joy and celebration of Waukesha annual Christmas parade was shattered by a horrendous, horrendous, senseless act of violence that took the lives of six individuals and injured scores of others. Immediately, the community responded. Waukesha police and firefighters launched into action, as did other first responders,” Sen. Baldwin said.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, is accused of speeding away from police and entering the parade on Nov. 21. Police said he refused to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop. Authorities said Brooks steered side-to-side with the intent of striking marchers and spectators. Five adults and one child were killed in the crash.

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