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Members of Waukesha's 'Dancing Grannies' brandish pompoms before SUV rampage at Christmas parade killed 5 and left 48 others injured: Thousands attend vigil

Nurse, 79, and Dancing Grannies member is one of five killed in Waukesha tragedy

    • The victims have been identified as Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leana 'Lee' Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; Wilhelm Hospel, 82  
    • Gabrielle Kamentz, a nursing student and clinical research assistant at Oshkosh College, posted a tribute to her late grandmother Virginia on Monday 
    •  'I'm still in shock and trying to process this as I write. As I continue through nursing school, I will live that legacy to her,' Gabrielle wrote
    •  Virginia had been a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly women marching in the parade, for almost two decades
    • Jane's daughter, Taylor Smith, took to social media to post a tribute to her mother
    •  'There's no words. It's so unreal. My mom was killed last night. We are told she didn't suffer,' Taylor wrote on Facebook 
    • 'The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,' the group wrote
    • Online footage shows some of the dancing grannies just seconds before Brooks plowed through the crowd, as horrified pedestrians tried to save their lives 
    • The Dancing Grannies march approximately 25 parades every year and to join the group the only requisite is to be a grandmother

It was also the first time Durand performed with the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.  

Tamara Durand, 52
Leana 'Lee' Owen, 71

Tamara Durand (left), 52, and Leana 'Lee' Owen (right), 71, were two members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who died in Sunday's tragedy.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade
Wilhelm Hospel, 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Virginia Sorenson (left), 79, was a nurse and member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of elderly woman marching in the parade. Wilhelm Hospel (right), 82, the husband of one of the grannies, died from internal bleeding, according to his older brother

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

Jane Kulich was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a 'loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. 'The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,' continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

A GoFundMe set up by family to raise funeral costs described Jane ( right) as a 'loving, beautiful and charismatic mother, grandmother and friend to so many. 'The world is a much darker place without a woman like this in the world,' continued the description. Almost $600 have been raised out of the $2,000 goal

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years was hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

An Interfaith candle lit vigil was held at Cutler Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Monday

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha's Cutler Park for Monday evening's candlelight vigil

Hundreds of people were on hand at Waukesha's Cutler Park for Monday evening's candlelight vigil 

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

Members of the Waukesha community came out to a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park on Monday

'She was super energetic, she was that type of person who when she walks in the room, everybody notices her smile,' her husband, Dave, told The Daily Beast on Monday. 

'She literally danced her way through life. She was the youngest one in the Dancing Grannies. Dancing was her favorite thing. It was her first time even with them, which is what's so tragic, too.'

Tamara was a hospice and critical care chaplain at Waukesha Memorial. In 2009, she saved a homeless man from drowning in the Wisconsin River. 

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