Looters Caught Stealing From Ravaged Homes of Tornado Victims in Kentucky

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Officials have revealed that a group of looters have been caught stealing from the ravaged homes of tornado victims in Kentucky.

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It comes as eighty-eight people have been confirmed dead after extreme weather and tornadoes ripped through the US.

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Hundreds of people have been left injured after tornadoes stormed across the south and midwest of the US earlier this month.

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Around 30 tornadoes have been estimated to have tore through Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas resulting in complete devastation in many towns.

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Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, first estimated that the death toll could reach as high as a hundred.

“Earlier this morning at about 5am we were pretty sure that we would lose over 50 Kentuckians,” he said. “I am now certain that that number is north of 70, it may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done.”

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“This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history,” he said during a press conference.

“The damage is even worse now that we have first light. But everywhere along the line of this tornado that touched down and stayed down for over for 227 miles has been severely and significantly impacted.”

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The governor added the town of Mayfield in far western Kentucky had been badly affected as a roof collapse in a factory had resulted in “mass casualties.”

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Dozens are believed to have been killed at a candle factory where they were working when the storm hit.

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Speaking in a press conference, President Joe Biden said they will do “whatever is needed” to help those affected by the devastation, CNBC reports.

“The federal government will do everything, everything it can possibly do to help,” Biden said. “I promise you, whatever is needed, whatever is needed, the federal government is going to find a way to supply it.”

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In a tweet, Biden also added they are “working with Governors” to ensure that states “have what they need.”

“This morning, I was briefed on the devastating tornadoes across the central U.S. To lose a loved one in a storm like this is an unimaginable tragedy. We’re working with Governors to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.”

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Among those who tragically lost their life due to the tornado’s is 2-month-old, Oaklynn Koon.

Oaklynn tragically succumbed to her injuries 2 days after her parents tried to protect her from the extreme weather.

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In a bid to protect the family, Oaklynn’s parents, Doug and Jackie, had strapped her into her car seat in the bathroom, sat her brothers in the bathtub and covered themselves in pillows, the Daily Mail reports.

Despite their efforts, they were thrown from their home and to the other side of their neighbor’s house as the tornado hit.

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As a result of the impact, Oaklynn suffered a stroke, a swollen head and injuries to her neck, the outlet reports.

Doug and Jackie announced Oaklynn’s passing on Facebook, writing: “Miss Oaklynn. passed away.”

They later added: “At least I know who will be watching over you up there for me. My dad. God this doesn’t seem real.”

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Husband and wife, Billy and Judy Miller also sadly died in the tornados.

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The couple, who were married for fifty years, tragically died in the tornado after it tore through their home in Muhlenberg County.

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According to Newsweek, the couple’s granddaughter, Serenity Miller, spoke to 13 WTHR where she revealed that the tornado destroyed their home.

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Serenity said she and her family are now trying to search for any of Billy and Judy’s belongings.

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Sadly, they are just a few of many to have lost their lives in the devastation.

As at least eighty-eight people have been confirmed dead, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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The large majority of those who have lost their lives are believed to have been in Kentucky.

The outlet reports that Beshear said in a press conference that at least seventy-four people from Kentucky have died.

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In Tennessee officials have confirmed 4 deaths and in Illinois 6 have been confirmed dead after an Amazon warehouse partially collapsed due to the tornados.

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While officials in Arkansas and Missouri confirmed that 2 people had died in each state.

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With so many families having lost their homes or relatives, it truly is an awful time for so many.

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And it seem that sadly, some people have decided to use that devastation to their advantage.

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Looters have been caught stealing from the damaged and destroyed homes in Kentucky.

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In a post on Facebook, Graves County Sheriff, Jon Hayden, wrote that 5 suspects have been arrested after “deputies were alerted to suspicious activity” in an area that “was particularly hit hard by the tornado and resulted in deaths.”

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Officers “converged onto the area” where they found a group of people “rummaging through persons personal property, and loading vehicles that were destroyed by the tornado.”

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“Sheriff’s deputies and Troopers found a variety of personal items belonging to tornado victims, including some household goods, new shoes, muddy change, copper wiring and other items,” he wrote.

“They were also towing several vehicles that were owned by tornado victims that have been displaced by the tornado, in the hospital, and/or deceased.”

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Upon providing statements for officers, the suspects “contradicted each other” as some claimed to have “permission from the homeowners.”

However, those those claims were soon “disproven after sheriff’s deputies were able to find and question the homeowners of where property was taken.”

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron later took to Twitter to inform people that the “full force” will be “brought against anyone who tries to take advantage” of the situation.

“Looting and theft will not be tolerated,” he wrote. “Our office has spoken with Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden and Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Kemp, and the full force of the law will be brought against anyone who tries to take advantage of Kentuckians.”

Our thoughts are with those affected by the incident.

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