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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