Injured little girl’s uncle recalls Waukesha rampage, talks of fate that should befall suspect Darrell Brooks

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U.S. Army veteran Ryan Kohnke, the uncle of one of the numerous children who were injured during last weekend’s vehicular rampage in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is hopeful that justice is served by the suspect, Darrell Brooks, spending the rest of his life incarcerated in total isolation from the rest of humanity.

“I hope that he spends the rest of his life in jail and isolation, because I don’t think he’ll ever see general population, because they’re afraid of what they might think will happen to him, honestly,” he said during an interview Saturday on Fox News’ “Justice w/Jeanine.”

“So I hope that he has a lot of time to sit in there and think about how he negatively impacted all these people’s lives in this community for the rest of his life,” Kohnke added.

Suspects who commit particularly heinous crimes are sometimes placed in protective segregation/custody for their own protection.

The National Institute of Justice notes that this sort of custody “is used to separate vulnerable inmates from the general inmate population due to personal physical safety concerns.”

“These inmates often include sex offenders, police and prison informants, former police and correctional officers, and those at risk for self-harm.”

In Brooks’ case, he’s a longtime criminal suspected of injuring at least 18 children and killing one during the rampage last Sunday in Waukesha.

Brooks was initially charged last Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide as per the five other victims, all of them elderly, who died during the rampage.

Following reports that a sixth person — the child pictured above — had died, Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper announced that he intends to file another count of intentional homicide.

Each charge of intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence. During Brooks’ first hearing last Tuesday, he broke down in tears as the potential sentence was read to him. This angered Kohnke.

“To hear him start crying when the judge mentioned that these [charges] carried a life sentence, to me it was selfish that he did that, that he was worried about himself,” he told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Indeed, it appears Brooks has never once taken even a second to think about the lives he’s destroyed — and for what?

Describing the rampage, Kohnke noted that the suspect had had multiple opportunities to stop and prevent the further harming of lives. But he’d taken none of them.

“I was standing there with my kids, and I’d seen a red car break through the barricade on Main Street. It was a red SUV. And he was right in front of us. He had stopped for just a moment. A cop had tried to stop him. He didn’t listen to the police officer, and he just gunned it down the street,” he said.

“And then I watched him speed from left to right, praying that he would turn off into one of the side streets. He had an opportunity to, and he didn’t. I knew that my sister’s family had just walked by us a few minutes earlier, and after I’d seen that he continued on the parade route, I became very afraid for their lives.”

Below is raw, overhead footage of the rampage (*Extremely graphic content):


Continuing his description of the rampage, Kohnke described the horror that his daughters were forced to witness.

“My daughters — what they seen was indescribable. It was what you hear from veterans. There was bodies everywhere. There was clothes abandoned, you know, chairs, everything. Everybody was screaming oh my god, yelling for their children, yelling for their loved ones. You seen people trying to help people that were down. I was just trying to keep my kids focused on me,” he said.

Kohnke then described the moment that he discovered that his niece, 11-year-old Jessalyn Torres, had been hit.

“I looked over and then I seen my sister over Jessalyn on the ground. I approached her, and what I seen terrified me, and I lost it for a couple of seconds. And then I heard my kids scream after they had seen her. And I just tried to get them away from her as quick as possible,”  he said.

“But then I seen that Jessalyn had — you know, my sister works in the medical field, so she was with her and she was by her. And so was some others and the EMT had just arrived, so I wanted to get my kids and the baby out of that situation as quickly as possible.”

His niece survived — but only barely.

She “spent Thanksgiving unconscious in a hospital bed, clinging to life and breathing with the help of a ventilator,” according to the New York Post.

“She suffered a broken pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to her lungs and an injury to her kidney. … Torres is one of four children who remain in a serious condition, while three others are in fair condition and two are in a good condition.”

The Post is one of a handful of outlets that have remained focus on the Waukesha rampage, with the vast majority of establishment media outlets having quickly lost interest.


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