Waukesha parade: Jackson Sparks, 8, ID'd as 6th victim; suspect Darrell Brooks appears in court

Ring camera captures Darrell Brooks after parade crash, before arrest

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Thursday, November 25, 2021
Boy, 8, ID'd as youngest Waukesha parade victim killed
The Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy claimed a six life, with Jackson Sparks, 8, identified as the victim while suspect Darrell Brooks was in court

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WLS) -- The Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy has claimed another life as prosecutors announced the death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks in court Tuesday, the sixth death died to the parade.

Six people were killed and more than 60 injured after a driver plowed an SUV into a Christmas parade crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The announcement came as the suspect in the case, Darrell Brooks, made his first appearance in court. His hands were shackled and wearing what appeared to be a bulletproof vest.

The 39-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

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Then during the hearing, prosecutors announced that a sixth person had since died, Sparks.

WATCH: Darrell Brooks makes 1st court appearance

Darrell Brooks, of Milwaukee, is charged in the Waukesha Christmas parade crash that left six dead and 61 others hurt.

Sparks' older brother was also injured and is recovering in the intensive care unit, WISN reported.

The Sparks family have set up a GoFundMe to help pay for expenses during this difficult time.

"I think when things like this happen it's just important to be together in community," said Susan Lewis, a Waukesha resident.

The other victims include four women and a man, ranging in age from 52 to 81.

Waukesha native and Arizona Cardinals defensive end, JJ Watt, is offering to help pay for the funeral expenses of the six people who were killed, according to reports.

His younger brother Derek Watt, who also plays in the NFL as a fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, tweeted his support Tuesday.

According to a court complaint, Brooks first brushed a police detective, who "pounded on the driver's side door yelling, 'stop.''

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Brooks did not stop but allegedly drove into the parade procession while the detective gave chase. He then allegedly sped up and the detective "heard on the police radio that the vehicle was striking people," the complaint said.

"While the defendant was driving westbound on East Main Street, he struck numerous pedestrians, which included both parade participants and spectators located on the side of the street," the complaint said.

An officer who saw Brooks "observed the driver looking straight ahead, directly at him, and it appeared he had no emotion on his face" as he drove about 25 miles per hour, speeding up and honking his horn as the officer yelled for him to stop.

Brooks' bail has been set at $5 million, which would have to be paid full in cash, and an additional homicide charge is expected. His next court appearance is scheduled for January.

New Video Shows Darrell Brooks After Parade Crash

While this community continues to mourn the loss of six people, there is new video showing the suspect apparently seeking help before police made the arrest.

Doorbell video captured Brooks knocking on a man's front door while on the run from police Sunday.

The video was recorded Sunday by the Ring camera at Daniel Rider's home in downtown Waukesha.

Darrell Brooks, of Milwaukee, is charged in the Waukesha Christmas parade crash that left six dead and 61 others hurt.

Rider said he was watching football when Brooks rang his doorbell, claiming he was homeless and asked to use Rider's phone to call an Uber.

This, as sirens can be heard closing in.

"I called a Uber, and I'm supposed to be waiting for it over here but I don't know when it's coming. Can you call it for me, please," Brooks is heard on the video as he knocked on Rider's door.

The 24-year-old invited Brooks in, and gave him food and a jacket, then let him use his phone.

Rider said he was still unaware of the deadly parade crash.

"Keep in mind the whole time he had my phone, so my shelter in place and a suspect on the loose messages, I wasn't seeing them," Rider told CNN. "I had no idea anything had happened."

He asked Brooks to leave after he saw police on his street but said the man returned, claiming he left his ID in the house. That's when police showed up and arrested Brooks.

"A minute later, he's pounding on the door saying, 'Let me back in. I left my ID. My ID is in there. Let me back in.' And I'm looking for it as I say, 'no, you stay out there. I'll look for your ID.' And so I'm looking for his ID and it's moments later the police see him and get him in cuffs," Rider said.

Seconds later, cops swarmed the home on Elizabeth Street and arrested Brooks on the front porch.

Six people were killed and more than 60 others injured after an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin Sunday.

Police in Waukesha are now looking for the public's help in the investigation. They're asking anyone who may have video of that SUV that sped through the parade Sunday night to turn over that video.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.