Sen. Johnson honors victims of Waukesha Christmas parade attack

Sen. Johnson held a moment of silence on the Senate floor, saying, "the victims and the community of Waukesha deserve justice."
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Senator Ron Johnson.
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Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) honored victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade attack Wednesday on the Senate floor when he delivered remarks then held a moment of silence. 

Darrell Brooks, who reportedly has a lengthy criminal record, allegedly drove an SUV through a parade Nov. 21, killing six people and injuring 62 others.

Several of the injured, including three children, are still in critical condition, according to Johnson. 

“Families with their children who came to see Santa Claus, high school bands, and the Dancing Grannies instead witnessed a horror that will leave life-long psychological scars,” Johnson said. “First responders and law enforcement who rushed in to administer first aid and compassionately deal with the tragedy will be burdened by their terrible memories for the rest of their lives.”

Johnson said, “I have no doubt that the citizens of Waukesha will recover from this tragedy,” with great effort.

The senator also spoke to the importance of the rule of law. “It will also be the responsibility of civil society to administer justice for this heinous act of evil, because the victims and the community of Waukesha deserve justice,” he said.

He also listed the names of the deceased before turning over the floor to Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who spoke before Johnson introduced the moment of silence. 

The deceased victims are Virginia Sorenson, Leanna Owen, Tamara Durand, Jane Kulich, Wilhelm Hospel and 8-year-old Jackson Sparks.

Brooks faces six counts of first-degree homicide.