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Families Speak About Loved Ones Killed In Tornado

Three people died in one home along highway 42 in Colerain in Bertie County. Hilary Magacs spoke with their family members today.

Jon White is trying to salvage what he can from the home after his parents, Roy and Barbara Lafferty, and his grandmother, Helen White, were killed by a tornado there Saturday.

"They were wonderful people - i mean, they'll be missed. It's all the family i had left except for a wife and three kids," said White.

He says the last time he talked to them was around 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

"They were calling to check on us. We live in Lexington, and the tornadoes had come through there first," said White.

White, and other members of the family, are now trying to make sense of the tragedy.

"Oh my god, why? I guess that's all we all ever ask is why? But I guess the lord has a reason for why things happen the way they do," said Wanda Jenkins.

Raymond Cale lives next door. His house is badly damaged, but says losing his neighbors and long-time friends is what hurts the most.

"They were fine neighbors. You couldn't ask for better neighbors. You couldn't ask for better neighbors," said Cale.

Wanda Jenkins says while searching for pictures and other family heirlooms Sunday, they found the Lafferty's cat, Oreo, alive, but scared.

"They were cleaning out this little shed here and the cat had been in there all night," said Jenkins.

Family members say they'll be salvaging what they can, and picking up the pieces for a long time to come. I

The neighbor whose home was damaged says he is waiting to hear from his insurance company. For now, a local church gave him a place to stay.


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