Waukesha to hold moment of silence for victims killed in highway crash

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WAUKESHA — Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly announced on Friday, November 9th a moment of silence will be held during the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 18th.

A car plowed through the parade route last Sunday, running down seven people. According to witnesses, the driver was being chased for hitting a school bus.

The driver has been charged with nine felonies — four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, three counts of attempted homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of hit-and-run and three counts of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

The city has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the driver.

City officials announced Thursday night, November 8th they will also hold a minute of silence for the victims on Sunday.

“The city of Waukesha remains committed to ensuring that our community is safe and unites in prayer for the families and loved ones of those who were injured,” Reilly said.

Meanwhile, two Waukesha church communities held services on Thursday night in honor of those involved in last week’s crash.

The Rev. Robert Thielen said members of his community gathered to remember those who died.

“Those that were injured are still struggling, probably will continue to be struggling for some time,” Thielen said.

Meanwhile, St. James Catholic Church joined with other community members to play marionettes Wednesday night in honor of the victims.

“There’s no way to describe it except you have your closure. It doesn’t come overnight. What these people did they won’t get anything back but ultimately, God gave us light and we got to live the life of hope in the midst of darkness,” Thorn said.

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