A couple in Etowah, Tennessee, and their young child are among the 24 people killed in the devastating tornadoes in the middle of Tennessee on Tuesday, March 3, authorities said.
The twisters that struck in the hours after midnight shredded more than 140 buildings and buried people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. The storms moved so quickly that many people in their path could not flee to safer areas, The Associated Press reported.
“It hit so fast, a lot of folks didn’t have time to take shelter,” Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said. “Many of these folks were sleeping.”
Family members confirmed to WTVC that Josh and Erin Kimberlin, along with their 2-year-old son, Sawyer, are among those killed.
“Josh, Erin, and Sawyer are all in heaven together. We’re devastated with this news. They were a beautiful family. Continue to pray for their lost and comfort for family left behind,” family friend Lauren Pitts wrote on Facebook.
Erin, an educator, was remembered as “the kindest most attentive teacher,” by the parent of one of her students.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for the family’s funeral expenses.