Update – Parade Tragedy, Blue Lights Up During Holidays

Toppled chairs are seen among holiday decorations in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade injuring dozens of people Sunday, Nov 21. 2021. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Two children injured in Waukesha parade tragedy released from hospital. The two children were released from Children’s Wisconsin this week. Eight children remain in the hospital’s care. “Thankfully, another child was able to return home from Children’s Wisconsin,” said the hospital.

Of the 18 children that the hospital initially treated, just eight remain hospitalized. Of those eight children, four are in serious condition, two are in fair condition, and two are in good condition. Brooks is likely to face additional charges related to the death of an 8-year-old boy. As of Sunday afternoon, seven children remained hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, according to a hospital news release. Three children have been discharged since Wednesday.

Waukesha’s mayor and the city council held a moment of silence Sunday at 4:39 p.m., exactly one week after the incident, to honor the victims of the parade tragedy. “From the very first moment, our community has come together to help those suffering, and we will continue to do so,” Mayor Shawn Reilly said in brief remarks.

Six people were killed in the incident. The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, faces five charges of first-degree intentional homicide. Residents are encouraged to light a blue light outside of their homes to be left on throughout the holidays. A limited supply of blue lightbulbs are available for those who need them, officials said.