Girl from north Alabama killed in Nebraska tornado

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Calista Dixon, 5 years old (photo courtesy:

(WHNT) — Two people were killed when tornadoes tore through the town of Pilger, Nebraska Monday night. One victim is a young girl who just moved there a few months ago with her family from north Alabama, that’s according to our news partners at

5 year old Calista Dixon died while trying to find a safe shelter with her family. 42 year old Kandi Murphees moved her three children to Pilger about four months ago from Huntsville for a fresh start.

Our news partners in Nebraska, KMTV, report Kandi’s son, Cody was at work when he heard news the tornado touched down in Stanton and was headed toward Pilger.

Cody called his mom from work and told her to leave their mobile home and seek shelter right away.  “From what I hear they were trying to make it to across the street to either the bank or the gas station, but by that time it was just too late and everything hit.”

Cody’s youngest sister, 4-year-old Robin Dixon managed to survive and make it out alive with only a couple of scratches.

Kandi is currently in a medically induced coma after suffering lacerations to both the front and back of her head.  She is expected to survive.

The tornadoes are also blamed for the death of 74-year-old David Herout of Nebraska. He was driving near Pilger when the tornadoes moved through.  His car was blown off the road and he was thrown out of it.

At least 19 others were taken to hospitals with injuries.