Tornado Death Toll At 23 After Baby Dies

The death toll from Saturday's line of tornadoes climbed to 23 Tuesday morning.

Raleigh officials say a six month old baby died from injuries when a tree fell on a mobile home in Raleigh. Three other children were killed there as well.

Six-month-old Yaire Quistian-Nino had been in the hospital. Raleigh police confirmed her death Tuesday. Yaire's 9-year-old brother Daniel Quistian-Nino was also killed in the home along with two cousins, 8-year-old Osvaldo Coronado-Nino and 3-year-old Kevin Uriel Coronado-Nino.

Half of the confirmed deaths in the state happened in Bertie County where 11 people were killed in the Colerain area.


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A man who lost his brother to the tornado was one of the people who met Governor Perdue Monday in Colerain, Bertie County.

While Roy Drake has to deal with the loss of his brother- his wife deals with the loss of two members of her congregation.

Robert Perry, Ciley White and Dorthy Mitchell were among the eleven who died in Saturday's tornado.

Drake says, "It's a hurting feelin--he was one of my favorite brothers--and you know it's just--it's just rough times right now--but we know we'll make it through--because he knew the Lord and that was very important that he knew the Lord."

Perry was a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Colerain, where Drake's wife Mary is pastor. Mitchell was also a member of the congregation.

The Drake's were on hand Monday for Governor Perdue's tour of the devastation--to put a face to the losses suffered--and to ask for prayers. Roy Drake says that after speaking with the governor he's hopeful that aid is on the way. He also says that the community has been very helpful in reaching out to him and his family--and that he and his wife's prayers go out to everyone else who lost a loved one.

Mr. Drake says, "We're going to take it one day at a time--and hopefully we'll recover--there's a scripture in the bible that says that weeping may stay for the night but joy will come in the morning."


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  • by Doreen Location: Colerain, NC on Apr 19, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    I have been reading all of the comments about Onslow County. I live in Colerain and the tornado missed us by very little. My dad works for the fire department and he was out there during the storm and right after. He and the other firefighters were out there trying to find survivors and all they found right away was the ones who died. We just went through the horrible floods when lots of people lost everything and now we have this. My dads friends died and my other friends have lost everything. I understand that everyone is going to need help, but Bertie County is one of the poorest counties in the US and we do need a lot of help. Bev, yes we are getting lots of help, but also, a lot of the help that we are giving is coming from the residents who survived this horrible storm. I did not lose anything, so I am giving anything that I possibly can, even though I do not have much money.
  • by Just Saying Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    I really don't think Bev was meaning to sound insensitive towards those affected in Bertie County. Giving the benefit of the doubt, I believe she was only stating that Onslow County should be mentioned so others will know they, too, need aid. Many people may want to make donations to those places hit. And, without all areas being mentioned, it may go unknown. Devastation was in numerous places, and they all need help, however Bertie County most likely needs the most with all that has been endured. I pray for all who lost loved ones, homes, etc.
  • by Linda Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    This is so sad. I think mobile home parks should be requirred to build some sort of safe room or bunker for resident to go to. Very very sad. I think too we should make sure schools have some safe areas that can withstand tornadoes and hurricanes if at all possible, especially if we are going to use them as shelters.
  • by B Location: NC on Apr 19, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Mobile homes are deadly in more ways than one.
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      by To B on Apr 19, 2011 at 01:16 PM in reply to B
      Everyone can't afford to live in a stick built home and a tornado doesn't care what you are in. Bless these sweet children.
  • by Brown Location: Greenville, NC on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    Let us all pray for everyone, regardless of what counties were mentioned on the news.
  • by Brown Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    Let us all pray for everyone, regardless of what counties were mentioned on the news.
  • by Kane on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Sigh.
  • by ME on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    BLESS EVERYONE, EVERY COMMUNITY THAT WAS HIT BY THIS TERRIBLE STORM. WE ALL NEED PRAYERS. AND RIP FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE WITH GOD NOW, AND ARE BETTER OFF, SINCE THEY ARE IN HEAVEN.
  • by To Bev. in Swansboro Location: Theresa: Martin Co. on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    To all in Bertie co. affected by the storms, you have my heartfelt sympathies. I can not express my sorrow for your loses. BEV, you have posted the most selfish thing I have read lately. Yes, there were many places in all of N.C. devastated by these storms. But just take your selfishness out of the equation and THINK. Material loses, no matter how devastating, can be replaced. These people in Bertie have just gotten back to nornal after being flooded and now this. Lives are far more important than material possesions.....they CAN NOT be replaced. Try putting yourself in their places......just saying!!!
  • by Person of Interest on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Onslow County is in the news enough. I pray for Onlsow county all the time. I guess the lord works in mysterious ways.
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