Joplin tornado's death toll at 153, city says
Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, help remove debris from a Joplin neighborhood five days after the tornado hit the city.
June 13th, 2011
06:58 PM ET

Joplin tornado's death toll at 153, city says

The death toll from the tornado that devastated much of Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 has risen to 153, the city said Monday.

The count includes one person who died as a result of a rare fungal infection contracted after the person was injured by the tornado, Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel said. Two other people who died also had the infection, but in those cases, injuries from the tornado were the primary causes of death, Chappel said Monday.

Also included in the toll is Riverside police Officer Jefferson Taylor, who was struck by lightning the day after the twister. Taylor, one of the many emergency personnel from outside Joplin who assisted the city, would not have been on duty there were it not for the tornado, Chappel said.

The previous death toll, reported last week, was 151.

The tornado cut a path of destruction nearly 14 miles long - nearly 7 miles of which were in city limits - and up to 1 mile wide. The southwest Missouri city has a population of about 50,000.

More than 9,200 residents of  Jasper and Newton counties have filed for federal assistance, the city said.

The following are the names of the 153 victims:

Jose Alveraz

Ma De Lourdes Alverez-Torres

Barbara Anderson

Sarah Anderson

William Anderson

Grace Aquino

Dale Arsenault

Cyrus Ash

Bruce Baillie

Robert M. Baker

Robert E. Bateson

Dorothy Bell

Regina Bloxham

Barbara Boyd

Lathe E. Bradford

Romona Bridgeford

Leo E. Brown

Hugh Odell Buttram

Tami Campbell

Moises N. Carmona

Arriyinnah Carmona

Shante Caton

Trenton Caton

Raymond Chew

Clyde Coleman

Carolane Collins

Lois A. Comfort

Keenan K. Conger

Vicki Cooper

Teddy Copher

Malisa Crosley

Adam Darnaby

Patricia Dawson

Michael Dennis

Nancy Douthitt

Ellen Doyle

Faith Dunn

Amanda Eastwood-Pryor

Richard Elmore

Randy Edward England

Mark L. Farmer

Ida Finley

Betty Joe Fisher

Robert Fitzgerald

Rick E. Fox

Marsha Frost

Sebastian Frost

Charles Gaudsmith

Billy Gideon

Robert Griffin

Stephen Haack-Stephens

Paul E. Haddock

Johnna Hale

Leola Hardin

Caley Lantz Hare

Dorthoy Hartman

Deann Hayward

Judy R. Head

Kenneth J. Henson

Glenn Holland

Lorie Holland

Charlotte Hopwood

Harli Howard

Hayze Howard

Russell T. Howard

Iona Hull

Wendy A. Istas

Jane Jaynes

Melissa Johnson

Cheryl L. Jones

Kathy Keling

James Kendrick

Abraham Khoury

Stanley Kirk

Geneva Koler

Tedra Kuhn

Donald Lansaw

Bruce Lievens

Billie Sue Little

Skyler Logson

Christopher Lucas

Patricia Mann

Rachel Markham

Nancy A. Martin

Jesse L. McKee

James McKeel

Mary McKeel

Ladonna S. McPurdy

Randall Mell

Angelina A. Menapace

Ronald D. Meyer

Lorna K. Miller

Ray Donald Miller

Suzanne M. Mock

Doris M. Montgomery

Edith L. Moore

Esterlita Moore

Sally Moulton

Georgia N. Mulkey

Edmund Mullaney

Sharyl Nelson

William Norton

Dennis Osborne

Charles Oster

Shirley Parker

Nicole Parrish

Mary Perry

James Benjamin John Peterson

Anna Pettek

John Petty

Hallie Piquard

Natalie Puebla

Shelly Ramsey

Lorretta L. Randell

Troy Raney

Cheryl Rantz

Darlene Ray

Virgil T. Reid

Johnny Richey

Vicki Robertson

Cayla Robinson

Keith Robinson

Margaret E. Rowe

Virginia Salmon

Thomas Sarino

Tanya Sawyer

Fracis Scates

Gladys Seay

Dan Shirley

Judy L. Smith

Luther Smith

Nicholas Smith

Shyrell Smith

Lois L. Sparks

Betty Stogsdill

Ralph Stover

Gregan Sweet

Jefferson (Jeff) Taylor

Kayleigh Teal

Heather Terry

John R. Jr. Thomas

Sandra Thomas

Zach Treadwell

Margaret A. Tutt

Michael E. Tyndall

Darian Vanderhoofen

Joshua D. Vanderhoofen

Miguel Vazquez-Castillo

Miles D. Wells

Tiera Whitley

Douglas Williams

Zach Williams

Charles Writer

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    God bless the families of each person listed on this list. I pray for them to be stregthen to move on after all is said and done. May God keep them, and all of Joplin in His care.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Skull Pirate

    May God Bless Joplin, Mo.

    June 14, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dennis

    I wonder how the injured are doing.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dawnita

    May God bless the families of the people on this list and those hurt and suffering physically and emotionally. Have faith in Jesus . He will help you get through these tough times !

    June 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. karen

    Billy's response speaks volumns about him as a person. What a shame!

    June 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. John

    Billy, I hope you never have to experience the horror of a tornado and the death and destruction that it brings but if you do, I assure you'll be in dire need of prayer and God's blessing. So how about closing your stupid pie hole and having some mercy upon the Joplin victims.....

    June 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Poj Ardrey & Pam Ardrey/Smith

      Is this Billy ( not full last name ) Billy W??? Father was a well known Dr in Joplin in 1960-1975????

      August 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nancy Finley

    My thoughts and prayers are with all those who live In Joplin and with those who lost their lives. May God grant them peace and hold them close to His heart. May He give comfort to those that are left behind.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Julie

    How many are still missing? When I was there the first week, they were saying over 700 were unaccounted for...

    June 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Anonymous

    My condolences to all the families of those killed, especially to Keith Robinson. He and I were very close in college at MSSC. I just heard about his death, and I am so sad by it. I had nightmares last night. I was told that he was a hero from another friend who went to MSSC, and that he was trying to save two women who died with him and that his arms were found around one of them. Keith certainly was a nice guy in college, and even though we lost touch because I moved back home after I finished college, I am glad to hear that he was a well liked man and that everyone thought so highly of him. God bless you, Keith. He was always in my thoughts and I always talked about him with affection in my heart all these 30 years later. Rest in peach, Keith. Rest in peace all the rest of the victims.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Poj Ardrey & Pam Ardrey/Smith

    We (brother & sister ) were born in Caterville, Mo ( JOPLIN ) Through the years we relocated to Moore, Ok. ( OKC, OK ) TO SEE IS TO BELIEVE !!!
    Moore, Ok 1999 & 2001 Joplin 2011 There is and old saying 3rd times a charme. HOPE TO GOD THIS IS TRUE
    Litttle sister ( Pam ) moved home in 2004 ( Grove, Ok ) Poj passed away of CANCER in 1999, but we shared the loss in Moore in 1999 before I lost my big brother. I know we both saw from different eyes the loss in 2001 ( OKC ) & the loss in Joplin 2011. THNAK GOD I have not seen any names of family & friends that we both had before we left. If any one reads this & the last name Ardrey means anything to you E-Mail barnys2009@hotmail.com. we might be childhood friends WHICH means you made it through POJ will know who didn't he is already there.
    FYI I still have not gone to see Joplin I'll wait it will be home again. Just looking for FRIENDS from the past **Our family left in Joplin made it THANK GOD !!! BLESS THE ONES THAT LOST FAMILY !!!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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