JJ Watt Is Paying Funeral Costs For All Waukesha Christmas Parade Victims

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We’re only a few days removed from the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy, where six lives were lost after 39-year-old Darrell Brooks violently drove through a crowd as the parade was going on.

Now, one NFL superstar is stepping up to help the victim’s families…

And that’s JJ Watt, defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt is a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and even attended the University of Wisconsin. According to FOX News, he’s helping his hometown by paying for the six victims who lost their lives during the tragic attack.

Journalist and author Cory Jennerjohn tweeted:

JJ Watt is covering the funeral costs for everyone that lost their life in the Waukesha Christmas Parade.”

“That is an amazing gesture. He has such a huge heart.”

Watt tweeted after hearing the horrific news in his hometown:

“Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha tonight. Horrific images. Truly hoping everyone is going to be ok and those involved are safe.”

“Thankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded.”


JJ’s brothers Derek and TJ, both NFL players with the Chargers and Steelers respectively, shared their thoughts as well:

Five victims were initially identified as 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson, 71-year-old LeAnna Owen, 52-year-old Tamara Durand and 52-year-old Jane Kulich.

An 8-year-old child, Jackson Sparks, underwent brain surgery on Sunday night but the procedure was unable to save him and he passed away as well.

Brooks is looking at a mandatory sentence of life in prison with five charges of intentional homicide and more likely to come.

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