Mom, daughter injured in Waukesha Christmas parade attack


A Wisconsin man whose wife and 11-year-old daughter were seriously injured in Sunday’s deadly Christmas parade attack said he “almost fell to the floor” when he got the call.

“I was almost killed by it,” Rigoberto Perez, 47, told The Post on Monday. “I said, ‘Please God, don’t take my daughter and my wife.’”

Perez said he was home Sunday afternoon while his wife, Romelia, and daughter Camila were enjoying the Waukesha parade — only to learn both were slammed by a Ford Escort SUV that barreled through the crowd, killing five people and injuring more than 40.

Now, his young daughter is in the hospital with a broken femur after undergoing emergency surgery, and his wife suffered “a lot of broken bones” and is “in a lot of pain.”

“I don’t understand,” Perez said. “I was eating with my wife and daughter yesterday. Now they’re sleeping in the hospital. It’s hard.”

He said his wife told him “she was walking on the street and, boom! She don’t remember nothing. She woke up and she’s in the hospital. She’s been crying and crying a lot.”

Perez noted his daughter, the younger of the couple’s two children, “hasn’t said nothing yet. She’s only crying, crying, crying.”

“She said, ‘Where’s my mom and where’s my dad?’” he said, tearing up.

Rigoberto Perez.
Rigoberto Perez recalls begging, “Please God, don’t take my daughter and my wife.”
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Camila Perez.
Camila Perez after surgery on her femur.
Rigoberto Perez

Romelia and Camila Perez were dancing with a church group when the SUV mowed down marchers and spectators around 4:40 p.m.

Among those killed in the tragedy were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, the group said on Facebook.

Police on Monday said Darrell Brooks 39, was charged with five counts of intentional murder in the incident and said terrorism had been ruled out as a motive.

Crime scene along parade route.
Romelia and Camila Perez were dancing with a church group when the SUV mowed down marchers and spectators.
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Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Brooks acted alone.

“I have nothing to say to the guy,” Rigoberto Perez said of Brooks. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him to be outside and kill people … what can I do?”

“My wife, she’s here,” he said. “My daughter is in the hospital too. Why does it matter about him? Hopefully, he’s not feeling good.”

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