2 fatalities blamed on Pilger tornadoes

2014-06-17T08:20:00Z 2014-07-06T12:28:15Z 2 fatalities blamed on Pilger tornadoesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 17, 2014 8:20 am  • 

PILGER — The brother of the young girl killed in Monday's tornado said his mother is in a medically induced coma in Omaha.

Cody Murphree released a statement Tuesday saying his mother, 42-year-old Kandi Murphree, was being treated after the tornado destroyed their mobile home on Main Street in Pilger.

His sister, 5-year-old Calista Dixon, was one of two people killed in the storm.

The statement says the tornado did not seriously harm a 4-year-old sister, who was not identified. The statement was released through his employer, Heritage Homes of Nebraska in Wayne.

No funeral arrangements have been made for Calista Dixon. The statement says donations are needed for girls' clothing and men's clothing, nonperishable food items and possible help with housing for the two surviving siblings.

The other victim from Monday's tornado outbreak was a 74-year-old man killed when his vehicle left the roadway during the storm.

The Cuming County Sheriff's Office said David A. Herout of Clarkson was thrown from the vehicle around 4:50 p.m. on a county road about 2.5 miles east of Pilger.

The fatalities were the first tornado-related deaths in Nebraska since one person died in a tornado that hit Hallam on May 22, 2004. Monday's deaths bring to five the number of tornado-related deaths in Nebraska since 1987.

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