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Almost $ 3 Million Raised for Victims of Waukesha Christmas Parade | Wisconsin

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Almost $ 3 million was raised for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade incident, in which a car slammed into a crowd in the city of Wisconsin earlier this month, killing six people and injuring more from 60.

About 7,000 donors from 50 US states and 12 countries have contributed $ 1.8 million to the United for Waukesha Community Fund, organizers said. The biggest donor was General Electric, giving $ 100,000. According to the Waukesha County Community Foundation, Kohl’s, the Walbec Group and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation each donated $ 50,000.

The Milwaukee Bucks NBA franchise, the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team and fans have raised over $ 75,000 between them.

Over $ 1 million was also raised under a GoFundMe umbrella page, with over 29 verified accounts.

The Sparks family received the most, at $ 444,124 as of Monday and from more than 10,000 donors. Eight-year-old Jackson Sparks died Nov. 23 from his injuries. Her brother Tucker Sparks, 12, suffered a rash and fractured skull and is now recovering.

Donations to GoFundMe accounts range from $ 2,500 to $ 213,500.

Organizers of the United for Waukesha Community Fund said, “Our priority is with the families of the deceased and hospitalized. Followed by those seeking medical care (non-hospitalized). With additional support provided to those in need of mental health, trauma and bereavement counseling.

The fund distribution process “will include representation from the Mayor’s Office, County Executive Office, United Way for Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Waukesha County Community Foundation, Waukesha School District, as well as trusted community leaders ”.

Wisconsin prosecutors last Tuesday indicted Darrell Brooks Jr with five counts of intentional manslaughter. The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, the harshest sentence in Wisconsin. The bond was set at $ 5 million.

Brooks had been released on $ 1,000 bail for a Milwaukee County case in which he is accused of intentionally hitting a woman with his car. Prosecutors said they were investigating the bail recommendation, calling it too weak.

“He was accused of crushing the mother of his child and putting it at $ 1,000 seems like that low to me,” said Julius Kim, defense attorney and former deputy prosecutor.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks, 39, was leaving the scene of a family argument when he went to the parade.

Brooks has been charged with crimes more than a dozen times since 1999 and had two cases pending. Charges against him included resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangerment, disorderly driving, bail and battery.

GoFundMe organized a fundraiser for Brooks, created with the aim of increasing the deposit.

“Misused fundraisers are very rare and we take all complaints very seriously,” said a spokesperson. “Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and help them with any investigations they feel are necessary.”


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