Three members of The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies killed in Wisconsin parade crash

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As the tragedies continue to mount from the SUV driving into a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, three members of a group, "The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies," have died.

The group took to Facebook after the incident to share that three of its members had been killed after the driver went through the parade.

"Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade, putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness," the group said on Monday. "...Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed ... joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue ... held us together. Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time."

The Dancing Grannies have been a staple in Milwaukee since it was formed in 1984. The grannies have performed in dozens of parades every year, winning numerous awards, according to their website.

The only qualification to join the group was that dancers had to be a grandmother. Beyond that, their members' ages ranged from fifties to mid-seventies.