Waukesha tragedy: 8-year-old Jackson Sparks becomes 6th victim after losing heroic battle
Sparks death has raised the death toll from the Waukesha Parade tragedy to 6, it was announced while suspect Darrell Brooks' was produced in court
Jackson Sparks, 8, has died from the injuries he sustained as Darrell Brooks barrelled into the Christmas parade in Waukesha in his red SUV. A Facebook post revealed that his elder brother Tucker has been miraculously recovering from his injuries. Aaron and Sheri Sparks have requested privacy as they grieve the loss of their younger son and wait for the complete healing of Tucker. Brooks was produced in court on Tuesday, November 3 at 4 pm and the prosecutor read the suspect's lengthy rap sheet at the beginning of the trial. He was also apprised of Sparks' death in court for which he'll receive additional charges.
Brooks was seen crying, shivering, and rocking back and forth during his first trial which was live-streamed. He was seen leaning on his lawyer who appeared to console him by placing a hand on his back. He has been charged with intentional homicide for mowing down six people with his red Ford Escape. His bail has been set to $5M and Waukesha County Court Commissioner didn't object to this request. Kevin Costello, a 40-year-veteran of the criminal justice system said, "I've not seen anything like this in my very long career." Several witnesses came forward to describe the horror that unfolded in front of them at the parade which was interrupted by Brooks who caused bloody mayhem by injuring 62 people along with the fatalities.
Jackson Sparks died days after undergoing brain surgery
A GoFundMe started by Aaron and Sheri's niece Alyssa Albro said Jackson and Tucker were admitted to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin after the tragedy. Tucker had sustained road rash and a fractured skull but was stable at the time while doctors continued to monitor his head and spine. Jackson on the other hand underwent brain surgery immediately after being admitted and doctors were going to be testing him for brain function and brainstem activity on November 22. There were no updates on Monday.
Albro updated the fundraiser on November 23rd evening saying Jackson passed away in the afternoon. "Please know that they appreciate your continued prayers and the tremendous outpouring of support for their family. They do however ask for privacy at this time to allow Tucker to continue to heal physically and their family to heal and mourn the tremendous loss of their sweet little boy who is now under the care of Jesus," she wrote for the 6,100 donors who helped raised $269,119 out of the $200,000 goal at the time of this writing.