Waukesha memorial marks 1 year since Christmas parade attack left 6 dead, over 70 injured

ByStephanie Wade WLS logo
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Waukesha parade victims remembered 1 year later
A memorial was held in Waukesha, WI to mark one year since the deadly attack on the Christmas parade that left 6 dead and more than 70 injured.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WLS) -- Hundreds attended a memorial Monday to mark one year since the deadly attack on the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

On November 21st, 2021, six people were killed and more than 70 others were injured when Darrell Brooks drove through the parade of people. The youngest victim was just 8 years old.

The city held the memorial ceremony at a performance center in town at 4:39 p.m., the exact time Brooks drove his car through the parade.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly spoke as they joined city officials to honor the lives lost and support those who are still suffering.

"Waukesha has worked to turn an unimaginable tragedy into a powerful source of hope and love and strength," Evers said. "It's been breathtaking to watch. You've all reminded all of us what community really means."

Waukesha's mayor is asking residents and businesses to display blue lights to show support for the victims.

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The impact stretches beyond those physically hurt, leaving mental and emotional scars on hundreds of others who were there as they witnessed the horrific events that unfolded.

"I was in the Waukesha parade and I was nearly hit, and so I think coming today a year later is going to help me to move on in ways," said 14-year-old Ali Wachter.

"Finding out the group she's a part of was right in the middle of it just broke my heart," Ali's father Steve Wachter said. "I ran to find her. It's probably the fastest I ran for a couple blocks for a very long time. But once I found her it was a relief that she was OK but still heartbroken knowing that friends and family were not doing well."

Since then, the Wisconsin community has come together, working to create permanent memorials as they continue to take steps toward healing.