Deadly Texas tornado takes the lives of mother and her infant son

By Rose Minutaglio
December 28, 2015 05:20 PM
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A young mother-of-three and her infant son have been identified as two of the 11 people killed over Christmas weekend as a batch of deadly tornadoes battered North Texas.

Kimberly Tippett, 30, and her son, Kamryn Crain, 1, were killed in a vehicle pileup that happened after a twister crossed Interstate 30 near the George Bush Turnpike in Garland, Texas, on Saturday.

Tippett from Plano, Texas, was also the mother of two young girls, who were not in the car.

She was in her car with her baby, about to exit off the Texas interstate, when the EF4 tornado’s powerful winds caused a line of vehicles to slam into each other and hit concrete barriers.

Eight people were killed. Three others died in Tornadoes that touched down in cities around the Dallas/Fortworth area.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office has released five other names of those killed by the tornado: Petra Ruiz, 27, Lashondra Whitaker, 32, Sharva Sanders, 42, Cecil Lowrie, 77, and Timothy Harris, 58.

Tornadoes ravage Texas
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Friends of Tippett have set up a GoFundMe page to honor the mother and her son.

“Kimberly and Cameron tragically lost their lives in the North Texas tornadoes Saturday. Kimberly and Cameron are survived by two daughters and two sisters respectively. The family needs assistance with burial and would appreciate all acts of kindness,” reads the site.

In one of Tippett’s last social media posts, she shared a photo of herself and her three children with the comment “I m so in love with these lil thangs!!”

The National Weather Service reports that the Garland tornado was one of nine that touched down in Texas, killing eleven residents and sending dozens to the hospital.

The twister caused widespread damage to homes and buildings and around 6,000 homes lost power in Garland’s neighboring town of Rowlett, according to ABC News.

An over-turned caravan is seen in Garland, Texas
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent out words of comfort to those affected by the severe Lone Star state storms, reports The Dallas Morning News.

“We pray and support those who have lost a family member. We pray and support those who have had their homes destroyed and their lives turned upside down. I want you to know that Texas is doing everything we can to help you piece your lives back together,” Gov. Abbott said during a press conference Sunday.

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