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Waukesha victim’s organs will be donated to survivors of Christmas parade

A vehicle speeds through the Waukesha Christmas parade, on Nov. 21, 2021, in Wisconsin. (Screenshot of City of Waukesha video/TNS)

The final act of a Christmas-loving mother, killed by a speeding car as it plowed through a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, will embrace the giving spirit of her favorite holiday.

Jane Kulich, a church-going Green Bay Packers fan, “died doing something she loved,” her sister-in-law, Shawn Kulich, told People.

“Her employer asked her to go to the parade and help pass out candy to the children dressed in a Christmas outfit,” she recalled. “That’s a thing she loved to do, was doing that for the children.”

Kulich was doing just that on Sunday when an SUV rammed through a holiday parade weaving its way through Waukesha. The 52-year-old, a grandmother, was killed in the incident, which also claimed the lives of Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jackson Sparks, 8; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Disturbing footage from the parade posted on the City of Waukesha Facebook page shows a red SUV speeding down the roadway while a marching band passes and plays “Jingle Bells.”

Dozens of others were also injured, some of who may receive a bit of help from Kulich.

Shawn Kulich confirmed earlier this week that her sister-in-law’s organs would be donated to some the survivors of the parade tragedy. She described Kulich “as an amazing mother. Amazing mother, amazing grandmother, amazing sister-in-law, all around good people.”

“God works in mysterious ways,” Shawn wrote in a text message. “My brother and his children were so thrilled to learn this news. Some tears from this tragedy have been turned into tears of joy now!!!! I know Jane is smiling for this!”

Darrell Brooks Jr. was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday, the same day a sixth victim, Sparks, died from injuries sustained in the Christmas chaos.

He faces the possibility of an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide for the child’s death.

Bail for Brooks was set at $5 million cash. If convicted on all counts, he faces five consecutive life sentences.


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