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WAUKESHA, Wis. – Earlier this week, the families of the victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade explained in court why they did not want the trial of suspect Darrell Brooks to be delayed.
This is the man accused of driving his car through the Christmas parade, running over dozens of people and killing six.
We spoke with the granddaughter of a Dancing Granny who says her family needs justice sooner rather than later.
Gabrielle Kamentz vividly remembers the day of the Waukesha Christmas Parade.
“The day the actual parade was, I was supposed to walk the banner, carry the banner. But my grandmother had taken over for me,” Kamentz said.
Shortly after learning what had happened, she says she began frantically calling nearby hospitals. His family had not heard from his grandmother Ginny Sorenson.
“I got a call from my aunt saying she was dead, had been hit by a car and it was the Dancing Grannies who broke the news to us,” Kamentz said.
Kamentz and her family are still mourning the tragic loss and she says they are still awaiting closure.
“It has to happen sooner rather than later,” Kamentz said.
That’s why she decided to speak out in court against a motion to delay Darrell Brooks’ trial.
“I thought it would be hard to read with him there, but in reality it was quite the opposite,” she said. “I was pretty happy he was there and listening to how I felt about it. And the part where I mention he needs to be locked up behind bars, I wanted him to hear it straight from me. . He needed to hear that and hear my voice and my emotion when I read in court.”
In her statement to the court, she said: “We need to see justice on the day the trial was originally scheduled. And I don’t think we can rest easy or even find some peace until that is made.”
The trial ended up being delayed a bit, but not as much as Gabrielle feared. In the meantime, she is already finding some peace in the memory of her grandmother Ginny.
“She would walk in and her smile would light up a room. She was generous, she loved animals, she was a nurse, she loved taking care of people. She was an amazing, selfless person.”
And Kamentz said her grandmother inspired her to go to nursing school.
“I want to prove it to him and honor him by becoming the best nurse I can be,” she said.
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