A woman in her Milwaukee Dancing Grannies debut and a loving grandmother were among those killed in the Waukesha parade
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A woman in her Milwaukee Dancing Grannies debut and a loving grandmother were among those killed in the Waukesha parade

A woman smiled wide and was dressed warmly, ready to take part in her first Milwaukee Dancing Grannies parade on Sunday.

Tamara Durand wrote she was “so excited” for her parade debut with the group, she said in a Facebook post.

Durand was one of the five people killed after a red SUV sped into Waukesha’s Christmas parade Sunday afternoon. There were 48 were injured.

The five deceased victims from Sunday’s incident range in age from 52 to 81 and include 4 females and one male, according to Police Chief Dan Thompson.

The city of Waukesha confirmed the names of the victims Monday as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies: Virginia Sorenson, LeAnna Owen, Tamara Durand

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies shared an update on Tuesday morning, posting photos of three of the members who died in the Waukesha parade incident.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer. Our injured grannies are in stable condition with one being released from the hospital Monday,” the group wrote on Facebook.

The group posted photos of Waukesha victims Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies,” according to the group’s statement on Monday.

Virginia Sorenson, 79, was a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. She went by the nickname Ginny.

A GoFundMe page was created by the family and talks about how Sorenson spent her last moments celebrating the beauty of life and how she had a true passion for the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

“Everyone who knew Ginny knows she had a special soul, one that radiated with love,” a statement on the page read. “She was a caregiver through and through, whether caring for patients, family, and especially in caring for her beloved furry friends.”

Her granddaughter, Gabrielle Kamentz, remembered her grandmother for all she taught her.

“My grandmother taught me everything I needed to know in life… so happy and proud to be following in her footsteps as a nurse,” Kamentz said in a Facebook post.

Another one of the members was LeAnna (Lee) Owen, who had been the manager at Packard Glen Apartments for almost 10 years, property owner Dave Schmidt told CNN. His staff posted a statement for residents informing them of her death, as a member of the group.

“This was one of her passions that she truly loved,” the statement said. “She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.”

Durand, 52, was a more recent member of the dance group. Best Version Media shared a statement about the death of Tamara Durand, the wife of Executive Chairman and founder Dave Durand.

“We are devastated by the tragedy that unfolded Sunday evening in Waukesha,” the statement read. “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Tammy Durand, wife of our Executive Chairman Dave Durand. Tammy was an integral part of our family who will be missed dearly by everyone at BVM.”

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies did not mention how many members of the group were affected or injured in the incident.

The group goes on to say they “are devasted (sic) by this terrible tradegy (sic) with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade.”

“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.”

CNN has reached out to the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies Tuesday, but has not heard back.

Jane Kulich, 52

Milwaukee native Jane Kulich, 52, was representing her employer, Citizens Bank, in the parade when she was struck and killed, according to her daughter Taylor Smith.

“My mother was a wonderful, beautiful soul. She lit up everyone’s lives,” her daughter said in a statement Tuesday.

Kulich is survived by her husband, three children and three grandchildren.

“She loved her family so much,” Smith said in the statement. “She was dedicated, motivated, and comforting. My mom was just such a wonderful human that positively impacted everyone she met.”

Kulich joined Citizen’s Bank one year ago, her employer said in a statement on Facebook. “In that time, she shared her bright spirit with everyone around her,” the statement read.

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Kulich’s funeral costs.

Charges expected

A person of interest is in custody, according to authorities, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement charges will be filed Tuesday and additional charges will be filed at a later time.

“This tragedy has affected our entire community. We would like to acknowledge the work of the men and women in law enforcement who have done a tremendous job to save lives and protect our community,” the statement said.

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