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My Grandmother was ‘Killed at Waukesha Parade and I’m Going to Honor Her by Becoming a Nurse’


Gabrielle Kamentz posted to her Facebook account on Sunday night that her grandmother Virginia Sorenson was killed by someone “evil” at the parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Virginia Sorenson was one of five people  killed during the annual holiday event after a red Ford SUV drove through the parade.

Darrell Edward Brooks, 39, is accused of being the driver and will be charged with five counts of intentional homicide. Authorities say he has a history of reckless, violent behavior.

“I’m sure most of you have seen the news. What happened tonight in Waukesha is horrific… and unfortunately, my grandmother was one of the victims of this horrible tragedy tonight,” Gabrielle wrote on social media.

“I’m so angry and sad and hurt that someone that evil took my grandmother away from me,” she added. “She had such a good heart. Such a good soul. She was the glue that held my family together. I’m still in shock and trying to process this as I write,” she added.

“Her memory will always live with me. As I continue through nursing school, I will live that legacy for her. My grandmother was an incredible nurse,” the tribute continued. “I’m so proud to be following in her footsteps. I would not be where I am today without the guidance and love and support that my grandmother has given me.”

“I know she’ll be watching me graduate from nursing school, smiling that I was able to take her place and follow her legacy. Whenever the wind blows, I know it means that she’s with me.”

“I have a lot of emotions right now. Sadness and anger take over most of them, as I was not able to even say goodbye to her. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and friend to all. My heart just hurts,” she concluded.

Virginia Sorenson had been a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies for 19-years, and she is a registered nurse.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies wrote in a Facebook post: “Our group was doing 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 performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed… of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.”


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