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Waukesha victim's organs to be donated to Christmas parade survivors

More than 45 people were injured and six people killed after a red SUV drove into the crowd at a parade.

Waukesha victim's organs to be donated to Christmas parade survivors
Left: WAUKESHA, WI - NOVEMBER 23: Memorials placed along Main Street in downtown Waukesha Wisconsin (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images) Right: GoFundMe

Jane Kulich was killed on Sunday when a red SUV drove into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The tragedy has injured more than 45 people and killed at least six. Jane Kulich might have passed away but, even in death, she is reaching out to save others. Shawn Kulich, Jane's sister-in-law, said her organs were being donated to some of the survivors of the tragedy. "God works in mysterious ways," said Shawn. "Some tears from this tragedy have been turned into tears of joy now! I know Jane is smiling for this!" Jane is survived by her husband, three children and three grandchildren. Shawn says Jane will want all those hurt in the crash to heal because that was the kind of person she was. "I know she'd be hurting for everybody else right now, but I do know she would want the world to know that this was an awful, awful tragedy, but she wouldn't want people to hate or hurt each other because of it," said Shawn, reported People.



Her family says Jane Kulich would love nothing more than helping others and her organ donation was something she would have definitely wanted. Shawn said that Jane was a regular at church and loved spending time with her family and a die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers. "She just was an amazing mother, amazing grandmother, amazing sister-in-law, all-around good people," said Shawn. Jane's family members knew she was loved but Shawn says her brother has been inundated with texts of people explaining what Jane meant to them and it has been an overwhelming couple of days for the family. "He had no idea how so many people loved Jane," said Shawn.

Debris litters the street at a crime scene on November 21, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)


Shawn said Jane died "doing something she loved"—spending time with children. Shawn said her employer had asked her to help hand out candy at the parade while dressed in a Christmas outfit. "That's a thing she loved to do, was doing that for the children." You can help support Jane's family through a GoFundMe campaign. As we reported earlier, a red SUV drove into the Christmas parade killing and injuring many people. The driver was later identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks from Milwaukee. He was arrested from the scene and cops noted that he had been involved in a domestic disturbance in another location before driving into the crowd. Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, which carry possible life sentences and is held on a $5 million bond. Waukesha District Attorney Susan Opper pressed for the $5 million cash bail, citing Brooks' criminal history of at least one conviction. "He has arrest records across three states, to include Wisconsin, Nevada and Georgia," said Opper, reported CBS 58. "There are not words to describe the risk that this defendant presents to our community," said Opper.

Jane Kulich, third from the right/GoFundMe


Police also noted that he had run over a woman he has a child with, just three weeks ago. He had been released after posting his $1,000 bail. "The nature of this offense is shocking," said Court Commissioner Kevin Costello. "The detail I was not expecting here today—that two detectives, not laypeople, detectives—not only tried to stop this, but rendered an opinion that this was an intentional act. I've not seen anything like this in my very long career."

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