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Youngest Victim Of Alabama Tornado Is 6-Year-Old Armando ‘AJ’ Hernandez

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The community of Beauregard, Alabama is still cleaning up after a deadly F3 tornado tore through the rural area. The death toll of the tornado is at 23 people and all missing people have been accounted for. The youngest victim of the tornado is 6-year-old Armando “AJ” Hernandez. The weekend saw 34 tornadoes touch down in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as the storm cell moved through the southeastern part of the U.S.

Twenty-three people died during a catastrophic weekend of tornado activity in the southeastern U.S.

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President Trump tweeted about the tornado saying he directed FEMA to offer the impacted communities “A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama.” The victims range in age from 6 to 89 years old. According to USA Today, the tornado that struck Lee County Alabama had sustained winds of 170 mph and cut a mile wide swath through 70 miles in the rural community.

Armando “AJ” Hernandez is the youngest victim to die in the tornado.

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Hernandez’s mother, Kayla Melton, posted during the storm desperate to find her son. Family, friends, and strangers flooded the comments of her plea for help with offers of prayers and condolences before it was confirmed that Hernandez had died in the tornado. Others offered to go look for her child in the wreckage of Beauregard, Alabama that has been seen on national news stations.

When the news of Hernandez’s death was confirmed, his aunt posted a heartbreaking message about her nephew.

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Strangers came together to offer his aunt support on social media after hearing about the tragic death of the little boy.

“I do not know you but my heart breaks for you all,” Facebook user Michelle Brown Burris wrote on Tina Melton’s post. “My best friend lost her daughter in the Joplin tornado in 2011. I know the pain may seem unbearable but I pray that God brings you all some comfort especially to his mother.”

Hernandez was with his older brother and father in their home when they took a direct hit from the tornado.

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According to Al.com, Hernandez, his 10-year-old brother, and their father huddled in the closet when the tornado started to tear through the rural community. Despite the father holding onto both boys, the house took a direct hit from the tornado and the children were torn from his arms.

Hernandez’s brother was found after the storm and had a broken arm and a skull fracture. Hernandez’s father sustained broken ribs and other minor injuries.

“They’re holding up,” Bobby Kidd, Hernandez’s grandfather, told AL.com about the state of the family after the storm. “They’re holding up better than I would be. I know it’s going to get difficult as we go home… But Beauregard is the greatest community.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with costs related to the devastating tornado.

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“On Sunday, March 3, 2019, A destructive tornado devastated Lee County, Alabama leaving many families heartbroken. My best friend Kayla Melton was affected tremendously by this. She lost her home, and most importantly her son Armando ‘AJ’ Hernandez,” reads the GoFundMe page.

“We can only imagine the hurt that her family is experiencing at this time. Her boyfriend and her other son have been transferred to UAB hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.  We know that God is still in control even in the midst of turmoil.”

“If you would be so kind to please consider donating to help this family in their time of need it would be greatly appreciated.”

“If you are unable to donate please send up a prayer for this family and others affected by this catastrophic weather event.”

“Thank you and God bless.”

President Trump has announced a trip to the devastated area on Friday to survey the damage.

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“President Trump has been very gracious and pledged his unwavering support to Alabama since the devastating storms and tornadoes struck Alabama over the weekend,” Governor Kay Ivey told USA Today. Gov. Ivey also confirmed that Trump approved her request for a major disaster declaration.

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[VIDEO] This Graphic Image Of A Venezuelan Mother Carrying Her Daughter's Dead Body To A Morgue Amidst The Country's Massive Blackout Has Social Media Users Heartbroken

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[VIDEO] This Graphic Image Of A Venezuelan Mother Carrying Her Daughter’s Dead Body To A Morgue Amidst The Country’s Massive Blackout Has Social Media Users Heartbroken

WARNING: This article contains graphic video and written content.

The disarray that continues to lay waste to Venezuela as a result of food and medicine shortages and its ongoing national power outage (now on day five) continues to incite global dismay. Now, after a video of a mother carrying the emaciated body of her deceased daughter went viral on Saturday, users on social media are calling for the end of Maduro’s rule with the hashtag #FueraMaduro.

The disturbing images of a Venezuelan mother carrying the body of her 22lb 19-year old daughter are evidence of the complete chaos currently ravaging the country.

Over the weekend, a journalist captured video of a woman outside the Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (CDI) in the state of Carabobo holding her daughter who had died in her arms moments before. The mother, who has been identified as Elizabeth Díazabraza, reported that she had arrived at the medical center but had been turned away because of the country’s current blackout.

According to La Prensa, the woman told the journalist that “The doctor told me that they have finished their day, since there is no light, so I was going to take her to Las Lomas (another hospital).”

Doctors at CDI reportedly assured Díazabraza that if she went to the medical center in Las Lomas the staff could treat her daughter’s cerebral palsy and malnourishment.

While carrying her daughter on her way to the next medical facility, the daughter’s condition reportedly worsened. According to the mother, her daughter began to convulse and vomit before passing away. “She started belching and belching, and suddenly she stiffened, and I ran back to my house to find my other daughter,” the woman said according to reports.

The horror of Díazabraza’s daughter’s death did not end there.

After carrying her daughter through darkened streets on foot, the mother finally arrived at the medical center in Las Lomas where the facility confirmed her daughter’s death. Then they advised her to walk her daughter to the morgue. The video captured by the journalist shows Díazabraza in a state of shock as she carries her lifeless daughter’s body there.

In response to the images of Díazabraza and her daughter, users online have called for the end of the Maduro administration with the #FueraMaduro hashtag.

Last Thursday, Venezuela’s power system went out, thrusting most of the country, including its capital Caracas, into darkness and additional crisis.

The blackout is the latest emergency to overtake Venezuela which has been in a state of deterioration for years. While hyperinflation and a sinking economy have led over 3 million citizens to leave the country since 2014, attention to the country’s failing structure has renewed the sympathy of those outside of it in recent months. After political leaders refused to acknowledge the re-election of President Nicolás Maduro as legitimate, the country has been in a state of turmoil with episodes of looting, protests and now the loss of power.

Government officials have claimed that the blackout was caused by a fault at Guri hydropower plant, which supplies most of the country’s states with electricity.

According to The New York Times, analysts and electricity-sector contractors have pointed to years of mismanagement and corruption as the culprits in the country’s electrical systems’ breaking points.

Experts have warned that their is no end in sight for the blackouts.


Translation: Mother arrives with her daughter dead in the arms of the morgue of Valencia in the state of Carabobo. The young woman could not be served in the Trapichito CDI for lack of electrical service. He was 19 years old and weighed 10 kilos. Via: A… God have mercy on so much tragedy 💔💔💔

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