Waukesha Person of Interest Appeared to Use Same Red SUV In Music Video

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The person of interest taken into custody in connection with the Waukesha parade tragedy appears to be a local rapper who appeared to use the red SUV involved in the incident in a music video posted on YouTube.

Law enforcement officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that the person of interest was identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. According to reports, he was taken into custody for questioning after the incident on Sunday where a red SUV plowed through a holiday parade, leaving at least five dead and 40 injured.

Brooks has not yet been identified as a suspect in the crime or charged in connection with the parade incident. Additionally, it has not been confirmed that the vehicle seen in the YouTube video is the same one involved in the Christmas parade incident.

TMZ reported that Brooks used the rap name Mathboi Fly and said that he released a music video a few years ago. The red SUV that was seen plowing through the parade appeared to be shown in the music video. Photos posted by WDJT news in Milwaukee show police around a red SUV that matches the description of the one seen in Brooks’ music video.

TMZ also reported that the original music video has since been removed from YouTube but several other accounts have reposted it.

Newsweek reached out to the Waukesha Police Department for comment.

On Sunday, videos posted on social media showed a red SUV plowing through the holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The city of Waukesha confirmed that five individuals had died during the incident and at least 40 others were injured.

“However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals,” the city wrote on Twitter.

Online court records obtained by the Associated Press showed that Brooks was recently arrested prior to the parade incident and charged with resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, reckless homicide, battery and bail jumping. He was released this past Friday after posting a $1,000 bail.

“Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I’m grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers wrote in response to the incident.

On Monday morning, Evers ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff to honor those who died during the incident. “As we continue to pray for the Waukesha community and the kids, loved ones, and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by an unthinkable tragedy last night,” Evers said.

During a press conference on Sunday, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly called the incident a “horrible, senseless tragedy.”

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The person who has been identified as a person of interest in connection with the Waukesha parade tragedy was a local rapper in Milwaukee. Above, police and emergency personnel work on the parade crime scene on November 21, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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Correction 11/22/21 12:57 p.m. ET: This headline and article have been corrected to reflect that Darrell Brooks Jr. is a person of interest in the investigation into the Waukesha parade tragedy, and has not been formally charged or named as a suspect in connection with the incident. The headline and article have also been corrected to clarify that it has not been confirmed that the red SUV seen in Brooks’ music video is the same vehicle involved in the incident.



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