Uncle of 11-year-old girl hit by SUV in Wisconsin Christmas parade massacre shares gruesome details of aftermath, says he hopes career criminal accused in ambush will be jailed for life .
US Army veteran Ryan Kohnke – whose niece Jessalyn Torres remains on a ventilator a week after the attack – has said he wants Darrell Brooks Jr. to be properly punished for allegedly killing six people and injuring 62 of them others.
“I hope he will spend the rest of his prison in solitary confinement,” Kohnke told Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine. “I don’t think he’ll ever see the general population because they’re afraid of what might happen to him. “
Kohnke said he stood on the sidelines of the Nov. 21 parade in Waukesha and watched helplessly as a red SUV cross a security barricade and rush into the crowd.
Jessalyn, who was on the parade with the group Waukesha Xtreme Dance, had just passed by and Kohnke’s thoughts quickly turned to the safety of his family as a man in the SUV began to mow down the crowds.
‘After I [saw] that he continued on the parade route, I was very afraid for their life, ”he said.
His uncle, US Army veteran Ryan Kohnke, has said he wants Darrell Brooks Jr. to be properly punished for the Christmas Parade massacre, which killed six people and injured 62 others.
Jessalyn Torres, 11, pictured, one of nine children injured in the crash on November 21, suffered a fractured pelvis and femur, a skull fracture, lacerations to the lungs and lost a kidney
He and his daughters ran to the aid of Jessalyn, who was accompanied by her sisters and mother.
“My daughters, what they saw was indescribable,” Kohnke said. “That’s what you hear from veterans. There were bodies everywhere, there were clothes everywhere, everyone was shouting “oh my God”, shouting for their children, shouting for their loved ones. “
Brooks, 39, was free on $ 1,000 bail when he reportedly made a career in the parade on November 21
Brooks, 39, was out on $ 1,000 bail when he allegedly made a career in the parade and was initially charged with five counts of first degree intentional homicide, one charge carrying possible jail time to mandatory life imprisonment if convicted.
He is expected to face further charges after Jackson Sparks, an eight-year-old boy, succumbed to his injuries last week.
Kohnke was present at Brooks’ bail hearing last Tuesday, where the bail was set at $ 5 million despite having already been released on bail from a previous crime during the carnage of the parade .
During the hearing, Kohnke said he felt bad watching Brooks’ reaction to the accusations.
“It made my stomach hurt,” he said.
‘To hear him start to cry when the judge mentioned these [charges] was sentenced to life imprisonment. for me it was selfish, that he worried about himself.
Pictured: Brooks in his red SUV as he walked through crowds at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21
Pictured: Streets along the parade route remained closed to traffic on November 22
Kohnke attended Brooks ‘bail hearing last Tuesday at Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and said he felt bad watching Brooks’ reaction to the charges.
Jessalyn, one of nine children injured in the crash on November 21, suffered a fractured pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to the lungs and lost a kidney after being shot.
Torres’ mother Amber Kohnke told the New York Post that her daughter was staying at the Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, where the distraught mother had spent the Thanksgiving vacation next to her daughter in her hospital room.
“No mother should go through this. It’s a very traumatic ordeal, ”Kohnke, mother of four, told The Post.
Jessalyn, one of nine children injured in the crash on November 21, suffered a fractured pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to the lungs and lost a kidney after being hit
Torres, in the center of the photo, was injured in the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre and is still holding on to life and on a respirator nearly a week after Brooks crashed into a crowd of spectators
“The hardest part wasn’t being with everyone and Jessalyn, as she is, couldn’t be with her family either,” she said.
Jessalyn, who heartbreakingly told medics to “put it back together” after being taken to hospital, is among four children who remain in serious condition after the massacre, along with three others in fair condition.
Although Jessalyn’s lungs are clearing, an x-ray showed the amount of trauma to the organs remained “very visible,” her mother wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
“My poor child was literally hit by a truck (she has the grill marks of the vehicles on her chest) and was thrown about 20-30 feet,” she said. “My baby might be strong, but there are times in our life when we just need to sit down and heal. Now is the time for her.
“Although she has returned to being a sleeping body filled with tubes and a machine that breathes for her, she is at ease. “