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Alabama tornadoes: over 23 deaths list released

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Authorities have released the names of the 23 people, including four young children, who were killed when powerful tornadoes ripped through Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday, leaving the close-knit community of Beauregard in mourning.

This storm brought the highest tornado death toll in the United States since 2013, according to the National Weather Service.
PHOTO: Carol Dean, left, cries while embraced by Lawanda Anderson in Beauregard, Ala., March 4, 2019.
PHOTO: Dax Leandro salvages clothing from the wreckage of his friends home after two back-to-back tornadoes touched down, in Beauregard, Ala., March 4, 2019.

The victims’ ages range from 6 to 89, according to the coroner.

Ten of the victims, including 89-year-old Jimmy Jones and 83-year-old Mary Louise Jones, were relatives from one family, according to The Associated Press.

Armondo (AJ) Hernandez, 6
Charlotte Ann Miller, 59
David Dean, 53
Emmanuiel Jones, 53
Eric Jamal Stenson, 38
Felicia Woodall, 22
Florel Tate Stenson, 63
Henry Lewis Stenson, 65
Irma Gomez-Moran, 41
James Henry Tate, 86
Jimmy Lee Jones, 89
Jonathan Marquez Bowen, 9
Maggie Delight Robinson, 57
Mamie Roberts Koon, 68
Marshall Lynn Grimes, 59
Mary Louise Jones, 83
Mykala Waldon, 8
Raymond Robinson Jr., 63
Ryan Pence, 22
Sheila Creech, 59
Taylor Thornton, 10
Tresia Robinson, 62
Vicki Braswell, 69

PHOTO: Residents of Talbotton, Ga., pray together outside a home destroyed by a tornado the day after storms battered Alabama and Georgia, March 4, 2019.
Residents of Talbotton, Ga., pray together outside a home destroyed by a tornado the day after storms battered Alabama and Georgia.

Those killed lived in a roughly one-square-mile area of the town of Beauregard, a resilient, community-oriented town of roughly 9,000, said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

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“Never have we witnessed the magnitude of this type of trauma, of tragedy,” Rusty Sowell, pastor at the local Providence Baptist Church, told ABC News Tuesday.

PHOTO: A house with an X painted on it is seen across a hillside of wreckage after two deadly back-to-back tornadoes, in Beauregard, Ala., March 4, 2019.
A house with an X painted on it is seen across a hillside of wreckage after two deadly back-to-back tornadoes, in Beauregard.

An eyewitness said on social media however, that he “witnessed a tremendous demonstration of love” when families learned of their loved one’s fates.

PHOTO: Destruction is seen from tornadoes in Lee County, Ala., March 4, 2019.