Waukesha plans vigils, organizes a fund for victims after Sunday's Christmas Parade tragedy
Community members are organizing multiple vigils today in Waukesha, a day after an SUV drove through the city's Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing five and injuring more than 40.
Association of Waukesha Congregations will host a candlelight vigil in Cutler Park at 5 p.m., while Waukesha's Frame Park will host a vigil at 6:30 p.m. Carroll University and St. William Catholic Church have also planned their own vigils.
Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County have created a fund to support families impacted by Sunday's tragedy called the United for Waukesha Community Fund. People can donate here.
In a statement today, Gov. Tony Evers ordered Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff "as we continue to pray for the Waukesha community and the kids, loved ones, and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by an unthinkable tragedy last night."
Today, I've ordered the U.S. and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff as we continue to pray for the Waukesha community and the kids, loved ones, and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by an unthinkable tragedy last night. pic.twitter.com/QyZ8oFT6QY— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) November 22, 2021
In the immediate wake of the tragedy, reports circulated that Waukesha hospitals may face potential blood shortages. If you are able to donate blood, Waukesha officials have shared this link.