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8-year-old injured in Waukesha parade dies

Darrell Brooks, center, in court in Waukesha, Wis., on Tuesday Associated Press/Photo by Mark Hoffman/ Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

8-year-old injured in Waukesha parade dies

Jackson Sparks became the sixth person to die after an SUV plowed through a crowd at a Wisconsin city’s Christmas parade on Sunday. The count of people hurt in the incident has risen to more than 60 and includes Tucker Sparks, Jackson’s 12-year-old brother.

Who could do such a thing? Darrell Brooks Jr. appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of five counts of intentional homicide, each of which could carry a life sentence. Prosecutors said more charges are coming later this week or next. He is accused of speeding into the parade route even as police tried to stop him. One officer fired a gun at the vehicle, and another stood in front of it and pounded on the hood at one point, but Brooks drove away from him. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle “appeared to be intentionally moving side to side,” with no attempt to slow down or stop.  Brooks had been free on $1,000 bail for a case in Milwaukee County earlier in November in which he’s accused of intentionally striking a woman with his car.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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