The latest on the deadly Wisconsin parade

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:53 PM ET, Tue November 23, 2021
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5:23 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Death toll rises to 6 after child dies following Waukesha parade incident, prosecutors say

From Kay Jones

A sixth person has died in relation to the Waukesha Christmas parade incident, according to prosecutors. The news came during the first court appearance for suspect Darrell Brooks in Waukesha County Circuit Court.  

The sixth person is a child, the prosecutor said. Brooks is currently facing an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide. 

The hearing is ongoing.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

5:15 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

5 dancers remain in the ICU after Waukesha Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

Five dancers who were injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade incident remain in the ICU, according to a statement by the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team.

“Our dancers have a multitude of serious physical injuries, of those, five dancers are currently in the ICU,” read the statement posted to the dance team’s Facebook page. 

The team has also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for their members’ medical bills, loss of work, new costumes and other lost items.

5:04 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Court documents indicate at least 62 people injured in Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Charging documents filed against Waukesha parade incident suspect Darrell Brooks indicate a total of 62 people were injured, in addition to the five people killed Sunday.

Previously, authorities said 48 people were injured.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

5:09 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Waukesha parade incident suspect charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide

From CNN’s Kay Jones

(Pool/WISN)
(Pool/WISN)

Prosecutors officially charged Darrell Brooks with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing five and injuring dozens more.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said during a press conference on Monday that his office had recommended the charges to the district attorney. 

4:29 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

SOON: Suspect in Waukesha parade incident makes initial court appearance

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Sunday's fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, is expected to have his his initial court appearance in court at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

Police said they would refer five counts of intentional homicide against the Milwaukee man after they say he barreled into the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday, killing five people and injuring 48 more — including at least 18 children.

Brooks was released from jail less than two weeks ago after allegedly using a vehicle to run over a woman who said she was the mother of his child, court documents show.

The woman survived the Nov. 2 incident and was taken to a hospital for her injuries, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident, including obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks was released from jail Nov. 11 on $1,000 bail — an amount the Milwaukee County district attorney's office had recommended but now questions.

12:27 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

These are the charges against the suspect in Sunday's deadly Waukesha parade

Waukesha, Wisconsin, Police Chief Dan Thompson said officials are referring five charges of intentional homicide for Darrell E. Brooks, the suspect in Sunday’s incident at the Christmas parade.

"At this time, the Waukesha Police Department is referring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with additional charges based on the investigation," Thompson said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Brooks is accused of careening his SUV into a Wisconsin parade, killing five people and injuring 48 others. He is the lone suspect in Sunday's tragedy, Thompson said.

The charges against him include: Obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks will have his initial appearance in court on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time).

You can read more about the investigation here.

12:53 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Milwaukee dance group: "Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer"

From CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz

Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen
Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen (Obtained by CNN)

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies shared an update on Tuesday morning, posting photos of three of the members who died in the Waukesha parade incident.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer. Our injured grannies are in stable condition with one being released from the hospital Monday,” the group wrote on Facebook.

The group also posted photos of Waukesha victims Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 from what was originally a jazzercise group, one of the members told CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

CNN's Theresa Waldrop contributed reporting to this post.

9:54 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Suspect in Waukesha parade incident is a registered sex offender in Nevada

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

Darrell Brooks Jr. Brooks, the SUV driver who plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, on Sunday, November 21st, 2021
Darrell Brooks Jr. Brooks, the SUV driver who plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, on Sunday, November 21st, 2021 (Waukesha County Sheriff Office/AP)

Court and inmate records, in addition to the Nevada sex offender registry, show that the suspect authorities say is behind the fatal Waukesha parade incident is a registered sex offender in Nevada. 

Darrell Brooks, according to the documents, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual seduction in November 2006.

Additional details about the case were not immediately available.

Brooks, according to Nevada inmate records, served his sentence in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center from March 2007 to September 2008.

CNN has been unable to identify Brooks' lawyer for this case.

Brooks may be charged with five counts of intentional homicide when he appears in a Waukesha court later today.

Some background: The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade were interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a vehicle plowed into participants and spectators gathered for the event in Waukesha, a city about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.

You can read more about how events unfolded here.

9:50 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were among the victims of Waukesha's deadly parade

From CNN's Theresa Waldrop

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years were hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday, November 21st, 2021
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years were hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday, November 21st, 2021 (CBS 58 Milwaukee/AP)

The tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday brought the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies into a sad spotlight.

Members of the group were among the five people killed when an SUV driver slammed into a Christmas parade, according to its Facebook page.

The Grannies who died "were extremely passionate," the post said. "Their eyes gleamed.....joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue....held us together."

Who are the Grannies and what do they do?

For one, they probably aren't your grandma's grandmas.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have been bringing joy to Wisconsin parade crowds from Memorial Day to Christmas, sashaying with their pompoms in costumes that fit the occasion, for decades.

"They have won many trophies, but it's the enthusiasm and smiles from children and adults of all ages that warm the hearts of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies," the group's website says.

The only requirement to be a member is to be a grandmother, the group says.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 from what was originally a jazzercise group, one of the members told CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

They go out to dinners together and carpool to a parade in Minnesota once a year, a member told WDJT. "It's a good time," she said.

The group was devastated by Sunday's tragedy, the group said in Facebook.

"Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness."