- 10 people related to each other through marriage were killed in the tornado that ripped through Beauregard, Alabama, on Sunday.
- The related victims were identified as Jimmy Jones, 89; Mary Louise Jones, 83, Emmanuel Jones, 53; Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson, 63; Henry Lewis Stenson, 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Maggie Delight Robinson, 57; Raymond Robinson, Jr, 63; and Tresia Robinson, 62.
- The 10 were among 23 victims of the tornado, whose ages ranged from 6 to 89.
- Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said officials are still searching the wreckage for missing people.
One family lost 10 members in the tornado that ripped through Beauregard, Alabama, and killed at least 23 people on Sunday.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris released the names of the 23 victims of the tornado, whose ages ranged from 6 to 89. Seven of the victims were related through marriage, according to AL.com.
The related victims were identified as Jimmy Jones, 89; Mary Louise Jones, 83, Emmanuel Jones, 53; Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson, 63; Henry Lewis Stenson, 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Maggie Delight Robinson, 57; Raymond Robinson, Jr, 63; and Tresia Robinson, 62.
Many of the family members lived on the same two-lane road,according to the Associated Press.
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All of the victims of the tornado died within a two-mile radius, and all of them were killed by multiple blunt force injuries.
Four of the victims were children, aged 6, 8, 9, and 10.
Bernard Reese, a distant relative of the Jones cousins who lives two miles away from where the tornado hit, told AP he found more than half-a-dozen bodies along the road near his aunt’s house.
Richard Tate, who is also part of the family, told AP that he was inside his home with his wife when it was destroyed by the tornado.
“It could have taken all of us the way it was moving,” he said.
The tornado downed trees and telephone lines, razed homes and buildings, and carried debris for miles.
Officials are still searching the wreckage for people, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told the Associated Press.
Jones said at a press conference on Tuesday that the death toll could rise, but he is “hopeful” it won’t.
“We have been able to narrow searches down from a broad spectrum to specific areas,” Jones said, adding that rescue workers are searching through debris piles to ensure everyone is found.
The EF4 tornado had winds estimated at 170 mph and ripped through an area nine-tenths of a mile wide for nearly 27 miles, making it the deadliest tornado to hit the US in nearly six years.
It was part of a larger storm system that hit the Deep South on Sunday, with tornado warnings also reported in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
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