UPDATED 10:26 AM PT – Wednesday, November 24, 2021
A young boy has become the sixth person killed in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack. According to the deceased boys family, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks passed away Monday after being in the ICU since Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the suspect made his first court appearance. Darrell Brooks Junior, 39, was formally charged on Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The judge also ordered brooks be held on $5 million bond while citing his lengthy criminal record and history of bail jumping.
Prosecutors say Brooks intentionally sought to hit as many people as possible Sunday when he plowed his SUV through crowds at the parade. A sixth homicide count is expected against brooks junior with the passing of young Jackson Sparks.
The mayor of Waukesha spoke on the aftermath of the tragic Christmas parade, saying the path to healing from the tragic incident will be a tough and long one. During a virtual conference Tuesday, Mayor Shawn Reilly stated its unfortunate the parade the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors has now been tarnished.
“This is a parade…this is part of the fabric of the city of Waukesha and it is it is horrendous to to know that something like that one of our beloved traditions was turned into this,” he stated.
With the first confirmed death of a child, Reilly has no doubt Brooks Junior will be given the maximum sentence for his actions
“I believe that he’ll be in prison for the rest of his life,” said the mayor. “Based upon what I know about this, I can’t imagine anything other than that happening.”
However, Reilly reiterated and stressed how difficult the healing process is going to be, especially for those who lost loved ones in the tragic incident.
“This is something that all our every single police department will think of now and in the future,” he continued. “We know it isn’t going to be easy, it’s going to be time consuming. I mean, if you lost your mother, I’m going to tell you right now that next year on that same date, it’s going to be a tough day.”
Despite the tragedy, Reilly went on to express his gratitude for the words of encouragement coming from all over the world.
“There’s so much outpouring of support,” he stated. “You know, it warms your heart to know that people are saying, ‘We support your community. We feel for you.’”