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Alabama Tornado Killed 7 Members of Same Family

And children as young as 6
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2019 4:47 PM CST
Carol Dean, right, cries while embraced by Megan Anderson and her 18-month-old daughter Madilyn, as Dean sifts through the debris of the home she shared with her husband, David Wayne Dean, who died when...   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – Tragic details are emerging in the deaths of 23 people killed Sunday in Alabama's deadliest tornado in almost six years. The youngest victim, 6-year-old Armando "AJ" Hernandez Jr., huddled in a closet with his older brother and their dad, who wrapped his arms around the boys. But AJ was ripped from his father's arms to his death when their home took a direct hit, AL.com reports. Another young victim, 10-year-old Taylor Thornton, was visiting a friend's house when she was killed. Two other children, ages 8 and 9, were also among the dead, as was a young couple—both 22—and, in one case, seven members of the same extended family. The search for victims continued in Beauregard Tuesday, but authorities say the list of missing had dwindled from dozens to just seven or eight, the AP reports. (President Trump plans to visit the state Friday.)

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