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3 members of “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies” killed in Waukesha parade tragedy

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – At least five people were killed and dozens more injured after an SUV crossed the road at Waukesha Holiday Parade on Sunday, November 21. Among the victims are three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

The group was on the parade when a red SUV drove through the parade, hitting dozens of people.

Authorities identified the three victims as Virginia Sorenson, 79, Lee Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, all members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Sorensen was the group’s choreographer, Owen led the charge up front and Durand was the new member.

“Our hearts feel so sad because they have been and will continue to be a great inspiration to many,” said Pam King. She is the Executive Director of the Grafton Region Chamber of Commerce. The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are part of the Grafton Parade every year.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have released a statement:

“The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy which left people dead and injured during the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

Our group did what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While playing, the grannies enjoyed hearing the cheers and applause from the crowd, which certainly made their faces smile and warmed their hearts.

Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes were shining … the joy of being a grandmother. They were the glue … held us together.

Our hearts are heavy in this most difficult time, as more and more information and updates will be available, they will be released. Please keep their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and all who live forever changed in your thoughts and prayers. “

The involved SUV has been located and a person of interest is in police custody.

Authorities have warned that the number of victims could change as they gather more information.

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