Pope Francis sends his condolences to the victims of the Christmas parade crash in Milwaukee that killed five people and says he is praying for “spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.”
The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sends the telegram of condolences on behalf of Francis to the archbishop of Milwaukee, Monsignor Jerome Listecki.
Francis asks that those affected by the “tragic incident” know he is spiritually close to them, and calls on “the Lord to bestow upon everyone the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good.”
Police say Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was behind the wheel of the SUV that sped through the parade route in Waukesha on Sunday, killing five and injuring 48 others. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier.
One of the pending legal cases against Brooks at the time was that he had deliberately hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight.