By Mark Lungariello, Marjorie Hernandez and Steven Vago
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Four of the five people killed in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Sunday were affiliated with a dancing group of older women called the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52, were members of the Dancing Grannies, known for carrying pompoms and entertaining crowds with synchronized routines, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Victim Wilhelm Hospel, 81, was helping the group because his wife Lola is a member, his brother told The Post.

A fifth victim, Jane Kulich, 52, was a Citizens Bank employee who was killed walking along with the company’s parade float, her family said.

“She was here, part of a bank passing out candies with a float,” said her husband, John Kulich, outside of a crowded, interfaith vigil in Waukesha on Monday night. “She was the best mom, the best wife, the best person I knew.”

Durand’s husband David, 52, said she was the youngest of the Dancing Grannies and had been set to perform with the group for the first time. David and his father-in-law drove out to the scene when they heard what had happened and he believes his wife died immediately.

“I wasn’t able to get close to her body because they were blocking everything off,” David told The Post. “There were a lot of bodies and injured people, so it was not easy to see at first. So I had to identify her at the morgue.”

Leana "Lee" Owen
Leana “Lee” Owen was identified as a victim in the Waukesha Parade hit-and-run rampage.

He remembered his wife as a giving and caring person who volunteered to help dying people and babysat her granddaughter often.

“She danced her way through life, and she danced when there was no music,” he said. “And she was beautiful and attractive, but it was funny because she ate Twinkies for breakfast. She had more sugar than a sugar factory, but she ran every morning whether it was 15 degrees below or 85 or above.”

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