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Pilger tornado victims identified

UPDATE: Pilger tornado victims identified

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Dual Tornado Near Pilger, Nebraska Dual Tornado Near Pilger, Nebraska
Calista Dixon (left) and her mother Kandi Murphree Calista Dixon (left) and her mother Kandi Murphree
David Herout David Herout
By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Just a few months ago, Kandi Murphree moved to Pilger, Neb., with her three children. 

But Monday, a pair of tornadoes took 5–year–old Calista Dixon from her.

"From what I hear, they were trying to make it across the street either to the bank or the gas station," Kandi's son, Cody, said "But by that time, it was just too late."

Cody was at work in Wayne when the tornadoes hit. 

Kandi's youngest daughter, Robin, suffered only minor scrapes. But right now, Kandi is in intensive care, in critical condition with head trauma and a broken leg.

Cody said he doesn't know how he'll eventually tell his mom Calista is gone.

"I'm still trying to figure it out," he said. "One step at a time."

The tornadoes also claimed the life of 74–year–old David Herout of Clarkson. He was driving near Pilger when the storm rolled through. His car was ripped off the road and he was thrown out of it. 

Cody is still coping with the loss of his sister. He said she wanted to help others when she grew up.

"All she wanted to do was be a doctor," Cody said. "She'd run around the house having everyone call her doctor..."

A fund has been set up for Calista's family at First Nebraska Bank at 411 East 7th Street, Wayne, Neb., 68787. They're also asking for men's pants 30x31, men's size large shirts and bedding. You can send those to 1320 East 7th Street, Wayne, Neb., 68787. 
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By: Channel 8 Newsroom
8@klkntv.com 

PILGER, Neb. (AP) Authorities have identified a 74-year-old man killed by one of the tornadoes that swept through northeast Nebraska.

The Cuming County sheriff's office says David A. Herout, of Clarkson, Nebraska, died after his vehicle left the roadway during the storm. Officials say Herout was ejected from the vehicle around 4:50 p.m. on a county road approximately 2.5 miles east of Pilger. Cuming County officials are still investigating.

One of the tornadoes also killed a 5-year-old girl in Pilger. The Stanton County Sheriff's office says Calista Dixon, pictured on the left in the photo below, died from her injuries inside of her mobile home in Pilger.

Dixon's mother, Kandi Murphree, is in critical condition in an Omaha hospital. Family says she's in intensive care with head trauma and a broken leg.

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes appear to have hit the region on Monday night, including one that destroyed most of the town of Pilger.

Our partners, KLIN and Froggy 98 at the Broadcast House have set up a donation truck for those affected by last night's storms. Clothing, water, blankets, toiletries, among other items can be donated at 44th and O Street until 9 p.m. Tuesday and between 6 and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

A fund has been set up for Calista's family at First Nebraska Bank at 411 East 7th St, Wayne, Nebraska 68787. They're also asking for men's pants 30x31, men's size large shirts and bedding. You can send those to 1320 East 7th St, Wayne, Nebraska 68787.
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