'Milwaukee Dancing Grannies' identified as victims in Waukesha SUV parade crash
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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that a group called the "Milwaukee Dancing Grannies" has identified some of their members among the dead in the Sunday night incident where a driver plowed an SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

"In a statement posted to their Facebook page, the grannies wrote that they were 'devastated' to confirm that some of their members were among the dead," reported correspondent Jamie Ross. "'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,' the group wrote. 'While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts. Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed... joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue... held us together.'"

As of Monday morning, five people have been confirmed dead. Another 40 are injured, including a priest and multiple Catholic schoolchildren. A person of interest is in custody.

Law enforcement officials believe that the driver, who witnesses described as "calm and composed" as he crashed his SUV into the crowd of people, may have been fleeing the scene of another crime.

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