Tamara Durand wrote she was “so excited” for her parade debut with the group, she said in a Facebook post.
The city of Waukesha confirmed the names of five victims Monday as Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
At least 16 children were admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Two were released Monday, the hospital said in a statement, and three were released Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies: Virginia Sorenson, Leanna Owen, Tamara Durand
The group posted photos of Sorenson, Owen and Durand.
“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies,” according to the group’s statement on Monday.
Sorenson went by the nickname Ginny.
“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.
Another one of the members was Leanna (Lee) Owen, a mother of two and grandmother of three.
“She was kind, loving and lit up every room she was in,” her son, Chris Owen, told CNN. He was at the parade watching both his mother and daughter participate.
“We saw a car go speeding around the corner, but we had no idea what was actually happening.” Chris Owen said. “The longer we didn’t hear from her, we figured she had been hit.”
Chris Owen said his mother was a part of the Dancing Grannies for 12 years and loved every minute of it, noting that she never missed a practice.
Lee was a manager at Packard Glen Apartments in suburban Milwaukee for almost 10 years, property owner Dave Schmidt told CNN. “She loved that job, she dealt with people all day, but she was good at it.” Chris Owen said: “The tenants loved her; management loved her.”
Staff at the complex posted a statement for residents informing them of her death. “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, 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.
Smith told CNN that some of Kulich’s organs will be donated. “That’s my mom. Giving still, even when there’s nothing left to give. I’m so proud of her,” Smith told CNN.
“My mom was always helping people. I’m honored to be the daughter of someone who brought so much to everyone’s lives. Even in this darkness, she’s still shines some light for us.”
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 Citizens 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.
Jackson and Tucker Sparks
Tucker, who sustained a fractured skull, according to the post, was “miraculously recovering from his injuries” and will be discharged home.
However, Jackson died Tuesday after undergoing brain surgery on Sunday, it said.
Young dancer Jessalyn Torres was injured
Ryan Kohnke attended the parade with his two daughters to see his 11-year-old niece Jessalyn Torres dance. But Kohnke is comparing what he saw to his days of combat service in Iraq, calling it “a war zone.”
Jessalyn, or Jessa as the family calls her, was one of the dozens who were hit. She was participating in the parade with the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team, which her uncle says she loves being a part of.
Kohnke recalls the moment when he saw the SUV plow through the crowd and tells CNN, “It didn’t sink in at first for a lot of people, then all of a sudden it got real, and people started dispersing.”
He says there were people down everywhere, with many screaming and trying to help.
When he located his sister, Jessa’s mom, in the crowd she was on the ground next to the girl, coming to her aid.
Kohnke rushed to get his children, along with his other nieces, out of the chaotic scene and to safety. He ran blocks to his mother’s house to drop them off and went to find out which hospital Jessalyn had been taken to.
As of Wednesday, Kohnke said, Jessalyn is still in the ICU. She has several internal injuries, he said.
The family wants to note how grateful they are for the support they’ve received and wants to recognize that this traumatic event has affected not only them, but all the girls on the dance team and the community.
CNN’s Kay Jones, Raja Razek, Caroll Alvarado and Sara Smart contributed to this report.