A Wisconsin man showed his outrage on Sunday, Nov. 21, after his wife and 11-year-old daughter were critically injured in a Waukesha Christmas parade attack in Wisconsin.
When a Ford Escape SUV mowed down marchers and spectators at 4:40 p.m., Rigoberto Perez, 47, said his wife, Romelia, and his daughter, Camila Perez, were dancing with a church group.
Perez claimed he returned home in the afternoon while his wife and children were watching the Waukesha parade. Later, he learned that both were struck by an SUV that slammed into the crowd, killing five people and wounding 40 more.
When the father got the call, he stated he “almost fell to the floor.”
“I was almost killed by it,” Perez said according to The New York Post on Monday, Nov. 22. “I said, ‘Please God, don’t take my daughter and my wife.'”
After undergoing emergency surgery, his young daughter is now in the hospital with a shattered femur. His wife is “in a lot of pain” and has “a lot of broken bones.”
According to Perez, his youngest child “hasn’t said nothing yet. She’s only crying, crying, crying.”
Darrell Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of intentional homicide by police on Monday, Nov. 22. Terrorism has been discounted as a motive, according to the officers. Brooks acted alone, said Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson.
The father said of Brooks, “I have nothing to say to the guy,” then, “I don’t know what’s wrong with him to be outside and kill people … what can I do?”