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Family of Laurel tornado victims mourn loss

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

It's been more than a week since Josie White and her husband Leonardo Drummond were killed in a tornado in Laurel. Just hours before the storm hit, Tycie Taylor said she warned her niece to leave her mobile home.

“I said Diane please get out that trailer, she said I'm going, I'm going,” Taylor said.

The family later learned that Diane and her husband rode the storm out inside their home. Moments later an EF-2 tornado destroyed their mobile home.

“I couldn't believe it, I didn't want to believe it, it's a tragedy.” Taylor added.

The family has plans to lay White to rest this weekend, but that may not be possible due to financial struggles.

“If we can't come up with enough money to bury her, then we'll have to cremate her, and I can't stand the thought of that,” Taylor said.

The family is now pleading to the public to help give their loved one a proper burial.

"It would mean the world to us if somebody would donate anything. They don't have to give us the money; they can donate to Brown's Funeral Home. We're all struggling. This is a rough time for everybody, but everything counts. That's all we're asking the community to come together and help us to bury our loved one, “White's sister said.

The family has an account set up at Brown Mortuary Funeral Home under the name Josie White-Drummond.

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