Police say woman, eight, killed during New York Christmas parade attack was formerly teacher

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Ada and Marian students were at the parade with classmates when they were pulled away from the party and attacked, with one survivor calling their attackers “disgusting”. The parade, in…

Police say woman, eight, killed during New York Christmas parade attack was formerly teacher

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Ada and Marian students were at the parade with classmates when they were pulled away from the party and attacked, with one survivor calling their attackers “disgusting”.

The parade, in which a military band was due to perform, was canceled after the attack.

One of the five people killed during a grisly brawl that erupted in a New York City Christmas parade has been identified as a former teacher and grandmother.

Eight-year-old Tiara Prescod and 45-year-old Rashad Robinson were both killed in the horrifying incident – in which one man hurled a trashcan lid at a crowd and others attacked people with sticks and machetes.

Four others were also killed and one woman is fighting for her life in hospital.

Timothy Sheffield, 44, has been charged with murder for his part in the rampage, with a judge ordering him held without bail as prosecutors insisted it would be impossible to prove he’s mentally fit to stand trial.

Police said officers called to the scene around 4.30pm discovered the two women dead on the street with horrific injuries.

The other three victims – men and women in their late teens or early 20s – were rushed to hospital.

The surviving victims – a 31-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman – are said to be in a critical condition.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Education confirmed that former teacher Prescod had been one of the victims.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Tiara Prescod,” a statement on the school’s website said.

“We are grateful to our faculty and staff for the care and support they have given to Tiara and her family. We pray for their healing and comfort.”

Her grandmother, Marian Spicer, 59, was also killed in the attack.

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