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NFL star to reportedly cover funeral costs for victims of Waukesha parade attack

Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Watt signs autograhs for fans before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Seattle. The Cardinals won 23-13. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Stephen Brashear/AP

NFL star to reportedly cover funeral costs for victims of Waukesha parade attack

Matthew Miller November 24, 03:15 PMNovember 24, 03:15 PM

NFL star J.J. Watt will reportedly cover the funeral costs for those who died in the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre Sunday.

Watt is a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals and a Waukesha native who went to Pewaukee High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He offered to cover the funeral costs, local media reported.

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At least six people were killed in the attack and several more injured. The victims were identified as 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, 52-year-old Tamara Durand, 52-year-old Jane Kulich, 71-year-old LeAnna Owen, 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson, and 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel.

The suspect in the parade attack, Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Watt commented on the attack on Twitter.

“Just now seeing what happened at the holiday parade back home in Waukesha tonight. Horrific images,” he wrote in a tweet. “Truly hoping everyone is going to be ok and those not involved are now safe. Thankful to everyone who rushed to action and helped the wounded.”

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Watt’s brother, Derek, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also expressed his condolences.

“Thinking of all those affected by the senseless tragedy tonight back home in Waukesha, WI,” Derek Watts wrote. “This news truly is heartbreaking to see.”

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