Local Family Mourns Loss Of Uncle Killed In Oklahoma Tornado


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(WHNT/CNN) -- Nineteen people were killed in Friday's storms in Oklahoma, authorities say. The Oklahoma medical examiner's office has released the names of 11; CNN has confirmed the names of three others through a family member.

One of the names on that list has links to North Alabama. William Rose O'Neal, 67, Union City died Friday when the vehicle was in was crushed by the EF-5 tornado, according to family members who call Limestone County home.

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The National Weather Service says the tornado that struck El Reno had a damage rating of EF-5 and measured at 2.6 miles wide, making it the widest U.S. tornado on record.

Here is a breakdown of the 19 fatalities, as listed by medical examiner's office unless otherwise noted.

Six children and 12 adults were killed in the storms, according to the office.

• William Rose O'Neal, 67, Union City

• Timothy Samaras, 55, El Reno

• Paul Samaras, 24, El Reno

• Carl Richard Young, 45, El Reno

• Richard Henderson, 35, El Reno

• Cory Don Johnson Jr., 3, Oklahoma City

• Maria Pol Martin, 26, Oklahoma City

• Dustin Heath Bridges, 32, Union City

• James Talbert, 65, Luther

• Brandie Kay Perry, 40, Wewoka

• Dorenia Hamilton, 79, Clearview

• *Samuel Cifuentes, 34, Oklahoma City

• *Florinda Santos, Oklahoma City

• *Alex Cifuentes, 5, Oklahoma City

• Unidentified 1-year-old boy, Oklahoma City

• Unidentified boy, Oklahoma City

• Unidentified boy, Oklahoma City

• Unidentified girl, Oklahoma City

• **Unidentified man, Oklahoma City

* CNN confirmed the names of these three victims -- a married couple and their 5-year-old son -- through the man's brother, Byron Cifuentes.


** This victim's body was found Tuesday morning in the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, according to Shanea Scully, administrative coordinator of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. The state medical examiner's office did not have this victim in its count Tuesday morning.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 115 injuries were treated by Oklahoma City area hospitals


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