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Tournament of Roses Issues Statement of Condolences, Support for Waukesha Following Parade Tragedy

Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 6:04 am

Since the Berlin Christmas Market truck attack killed 13 in 2016, Tournament of Roses and law enforcement officials have vastly increased security around the Rose Parade to protect parade participants and watchers. [Photo by Eddie Rivera]
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses said it joined the Waukesha, Wis. community in mourning after a man plowed into a Christmas Parade on Sunday and killed five people and injured 48 others, including children.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Waukesha and all who have been affected by the horrific tragedy that took place during [Sunday’s] Christmas parade,” the Tournament statement read.

“Parades, both large and small, are meant to bring people together in joy and celebration. We join the Waukesha community in mourning the loss of life; and extend our support and wishes for peace and comfort in the days ahead.”

Waukesha police said the incident was not an act of terrorism.

Police arrested Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, and said Brooks was fleeing from a domestic dispute when drove at high speed through the parade. He reportedly will be charged with homicide.

The Tournament reminded local parade-goers of the efforts undertaken annually to keep the Rose Parade safe.

“As we prepare for our parade, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses remains grateful to have the partnership and support of the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Police Department, the Pasadena Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and other public safety and law enforcement agencies — all of whom work tirelessly to ensure that the Rose Parade and all activities associated with America’s New Year Celebration are safe for all who enjoy them.”

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