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. banasy

    My heart goes out to each and every one of the victims and their families.
    Condolences to them all.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Riff*Raff

    A very respectful tribute, CNN. It's nice that they were all recognized individually by name. Good job.
    My thoughts go out to the families that are rebuilding their lives after such loss and devastation.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • chairmanbuzz

      Condolences to all. RIP. My thoughts go out the families rebuilding their lives on their own without the help of the near bankrupt state nor the Republican led Congress who is bent on not allowing federal dollars and FEMA to lend any kind of a hand, according to House leader Eric Cantor. You families are on your own and only the local volunteers in your communities to rely upon for the very first time in history. We all know you voted Republican, if you do again in 2012, may you get the proverbial "shame on you".

      June 14, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Shame on you for a political rant chairmanbuzz.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • mary mcpherson

      @chairmanbuzz – Not everyone in Joplin is republican. I know they are the majority but there a some of us who are democrats. Why is this such an issue in such a time of need? If you could see the devastation first hand you wouldn't give a crap about someone's political affiliation.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bp

      The destruction in Joplin is something no person should ever have to experience (no matter your political views – chairmanbuzz i feel sorry for you!). Events like these show the true nature of Americans and how they will ALWAYS be there to lend a helping hand. My heart goes out to all those families who lost loved ones. My God be with you all!

      June 14, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mad View

    Don't forget those who will or has kicked the bucket from the stress and strain of dealing with the drama.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*KARIN

    Sorry to everyone that lost thier loved ones and to who lost their homes i feel bad because when mass was hit with tornados i saw the devastion of other people homes where gone i also thank god for spearing my familys lives and homes but feel for those who lost theirs you never know what will happen so i live one day at a time and live life to the fullest i also know of someone who lost thier home on june 1st old lady and she has nothing now

    June 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. christina

    may god help those them i usually never say this im not very big on religion but the best thing that could be done for them is prayer.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. brandy

    Sry for all the lost I hope the best for all the rest.also like to say to all those who are talking about gov.problems on here not the time or place .i wish u all the best from the bottom of my heart god bless u all

    June 14, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. HaynPride

    Our prayers go out to all the families that has been affected by the tornado. We send our deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones. We feel your pain here in KCMO.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wesley Nott - Wichita KS

    The whole nation stands with you Joplin, and will support you as the rebuilding begins, as the healing commences.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. mary yates

    I bless everyone that has endured this unforgetable time! MAY U BE BLESSED WITH STRENGTH & ENDURANCE. MAY THE LIGHT, LOVE, & HOPE GUIDE EVERYONE THROUGH THIS. Know that u are in peoples hearts across the nation. GOD BLESS EVERY1 of u!

    June 14, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Really???

    It is impossible to see this list of the deceased without tears. I pray for them, their families, their friends, & the whole community. May their loved ones find comfort & the strength to carry on. Hold fast to each other in this time of disaster & know that millions of people feel for your loss & care about Joplin.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. timothy

    Sorry for the lose to everyone in joplin are thoughts and prayers are with each family as the begin to start over with there lives

    June 14, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jonathan

    I am from Florida and just spent two weeks in Joplin providing aid with Catholic Charities. After touring the devastation I am surprised that the death toll is so low. What I find to be very disheartening is when I look at the list of names there are very few multiple last names. This means that most of the people who died left a family to grieve for them. While there I met many people who were injured and recounted stories of watching their loved ones pass or finding their loved ones afterward. These people have been left to deal with their own personal disaster and my heart and my prayers go out to the victims left behind.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Jon, I appreciate your work with Catholic Charities. Regarding what you said about there not being a lot of repeated last names – with this number of fatalities, wouldn't it be equally sad if there were several repeats, i.e. families getting wiped out? No matter how you slice it, it's a tragedy.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. RFrank

    Thank you for listing their names, CNN, although there are a number of typos that I'm pretty sure aren't just unusual name spellings; you might want to double-check names like "Fracis" or "Dorthoy" or the one where "Jr." appears before the last name. Regardless, I hope all these individuals rest in peace and their families eventually find peace themselves. What a sad situation. May everyone in Joplin (and all those elsewhere) who suffered through this horrendous tornado season have the strength to deal with it and keep on going.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Agreed - even the baby who made news around the world and whose name was everywhere for a while, Skuyler Logsden, was misspelled.

      June 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JOE

    Yes! We must pay our respects to the victims but when president Obama visited Joplin a few weeks ago to pay his respects and lend moral and financial support, republican business owners wrote on a demolished building "Obama Go Home." Yes, some people will never learn because they're just born bigots and racists. No, president Obama didn't come to Joplin to play politics but some of the people of Joplin ignored the victims of Joplin to play dirty politics. Just keep that in mind.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. JohnnyJett & The Dirty Socks

    Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength and always remember how much you are cared about these lost souls.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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