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Family speak for the first time about Jackson Sparks, a boy killed in the Waukesha parade tragedy

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) — It’s been just over seven months since one of the worst tragedies in Southeast Wisconsin history. Six people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a man drove his SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Since then, we’ve heard from countless people whose lives were changed forever after that day, but no one has spoken to the family of the one child killed – until now.

CBS 58’s Jessob Reisbeck sat down with the Sparks family at Infinity Fields Baseball Park in Waukesha to talk Jackson Sparks and more.

“I miss his laugh. I miss that little boy a lot,” said Sheri Sparks, Jackson’s mother.

Jackson Sparks was one of six people killed in the Waukesha Parade attack, and by far the youngest.

“He was an amazing little boy and he will be sorely missed,” Jackson’s father Aaron Sparks said.

“He loved life,” Aaron said. “He loved playing sports. He loved catching frogs. He loved being outdoors. He was a little ball of energy.”

A little shy and nervous, maybe…until you know him. Jackson was nothing but energy and fun. He loved playing sports, baseball more than anything. He was obsessed with the Hulk, Jurassic Park’s mosasaurus, WWE’s Braun Stroman, and LeBron James.

“We actually put a Giannis [Antetokounmpo] a poster in his bedroom and he tore it down,” Sheri said. “I would say, ‘Giannis is better.’ He was like, ‘No, LeBron is better.'”

Jackson cheered on the Yankees and Aaron Judge.

“Marketed to the beat of its own drum,” Sheri said.

“He liked what he liked. He did what he did,” Aaron said.

“And he would fight you for it,” Sheri said.

The Sparks family is full of fighters and faith, believing their son and brother is in a better place, pain free and waiting for them.

“We’ll see him again in heaven. He got there first and he’ll show us around when we get there. He’ll be our tour guide, but we’ll see him again,” Aaron said.

Jackson was an organ donor and helped five people after his death, including a little girl who got his heart. Sheri hopes to meet her one day.


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