Jackson Sparks, 8 years old, died on Nov. 23, 2021, from injuries he suffered in the Waukesha parade attack, his family announced on their GoFundMe page. He becomes the 6th victim to die in the parade tragedy, which was also announced in court during the suspect’s first court hearing, where $5 million bail was set.
Jackson’s brother, Tucker Sparks, 12, was also injured in the car attack. You can help the family by contributing to their GoFundMe page.
“This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” the GoFundMe page says. “Tucker, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home.” Tucker was also in the intensive care unit and was “seriously injured,” the page says.
Jackson was marching with his baseball team in the parade.
The page continues,
“Aaron Sparks and Sheri Sparks would like to thank everyone for your prayers and amazing support during this difficult time….Please know that they appreciate your continued prayers and tremendous outpouring of support for their family. They do however ask for privacy at this time to allow Tucker to continue to heal physically and their family to heal and mourn the tremendous loss of their sweet little boy who is now under the care of Jesus.”
The Sparks brothers are among the 60 people injured the attack; four of the other five people who died were members of the Dancing Grannies troupe. “Tucker and Jackson Sparks were among the seriously injured yesterday at the Waukesha parade. Both are members of the Waukesha Blazers Baseball Team,” Land O’ Lakes baseball team wrote on Facebook.
Many people were praying for Jackson to pull through after the family shared that he “needed a miracle.”
The GoFundMe page for them read, before his death:
“My name is Alyssa and I am the niece of Aaron and Sheri Sparks, who have been impacted by the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
While attending the Waukesha Christmas parade, an SUV tragically entered the parade route and struck 40 victims. Two of those victims were children, Tucker (age 12) and Jackson (age 8) Sparks. The entire family is devastated and their parents, Aaron and Sheri, are at the bedsides of their children who are both at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Tucker, is recovering, but sustained road rash and a fractured skull. They are closely monitoring his head and spine. He is stable at this time. Jackson, age 8, underwent brain surgery on Sunday evening. Doctors will be testing for brain function and brainstem activity today (Monday, November 22nd). He needs a miracle.
The family is facing mounting medical expenses with two children receiving medical treatment, and time away from work. Any donation, large or small, is so appreciated and will make a big difference to the Sparks family. Aaron and Sheri are people of faith, so please continue to lift them and their boys in prayer. Even if you’re not able to give, please share their story.”