These two children were among 23 victims killed in Alabama tornadoes

A.J. Hernandez and Taylor Thornton

LEE COUNTY, Alabama — After preliminary reports showed more than a dozen tornadoes touched down Sunday in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, there's still a search for survivors in Alabama.

The death toll is now 23 and sheriff's officials fear the number could rise.

An Alabama coroner said at least three of the victims are children. The youngest known victim is 6-year-old A.J. Hernandez.

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Before the child was positively identified, his mother, Kayla, posted to Facebook early Sunday evening, asking the public for help in finding him.

Please look for my baby hes 6 years old his name is Armando Hernandez he goes by AJ last seen on lee road 38. Anyone in the area please help me find him please!!!!!

Posted by Kayla Melton on Sunday, March 3, 2019

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Hernandez's family as they prepare for a burial.


Another person identified following the catastrophic event is Taylor Thornton. Lee-Scott Academy, the school Thornton attended, confirmed the fourth-grader was among the victims.

Lee-Scott Academy Family and Friends, With sadness this morning, we share that Taylor Thornton, a 4th grader at...

Posted by Lee-Scott Academy on Monday, March 4, 2019

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Thornton's family as they prepare for her burial.

Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this difficult time.