Victims of Illinois Amazon Roof Collapse Included a New Mother

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A new mom has sadly lost her life after she was a victim of the Illinois Amazon roof collapse.

It comes after extreme weather and tornados ripped through the area.

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At least seventy people have died after tornados stormed across the south and midwest of the US over the weekend.

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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.

Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear, 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.”

“This has been one of the toughest nights in Kentucky history and some areas have been hit in ways that is hard to put into words.”

“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.”

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.

Speaking in a press conference on Saturday, 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.”

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.”

An Amazon warehouse in Illinois was one of the place heavily impacted by the extreme weather.

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A large part of the Amazon warehouse building collapsed on Friday causing multiple fatalities.

Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford revealed during a press conference that forty-five people managed to safely get out of the building.

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Of those, 1 person was airlifted to a regional hospital for treatment, CNN reports.

Sadly, 6 people were tragically killed in the collapse.

Whiteford said a recovery is now taking place over 3 days with first responders continuing “to search the site for evidence of life.”

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“Earlier this afternoon, the response portion of this incident came to a close and we’re now focused solely on recovery,” he said.

In a statement on Twitter, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, wrote that the news “from Edwardsville is tragic.”

“We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.

“All of Edwardsville should know that the Amazon team is committed to supporting them and will be by their side through this crisis. We extend our fullest gratitude to all the incredible first responders who have worked so tirelessly at the site.”

Now, the 6 victims of the warehouse collapse have been identified.

Among them was a new mom and a driver who was at the end of his shift.

In a press release confirming that recovery efforts are ongoing, the Edwardsville Police Department identified the 6 victims as:

Twenty-eight-year-old, Deandre S. Morrow of St. Louis, Missouri, who was known to friends as Shaun, Insider reports.

Sixty-two-year-old, Kevin D. Dickey of Carlyle, Illinois who was a dispatcher for Amazon.

Twenty-nine-year-old, Clayton Lynn Cope of Alton, Illinois who was a US Navy veteran, CNN reports.

Forty-six-year-old, Larry E. Virden of Collinsville, Illinois who was an Army veteran, Fox 2 reports.

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Thirty-four-year-old, Etheria S. Hebb of St. Louis who was a new mom.

Twenty-six-year-old, Austin J. McEwen of Edwardsville, Illinois who was the youngest victim.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this disaster.