Memories of the Deadly Storm

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email
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It’s been a month since twin tornadoes hit northeast Nebraska killing two people in Pilger. The brother of 5-year-old Calista Murphree who was killed in the storm is reflecting on that horrible day.

Cody Murphree said he was working in Wayne, Nebraska when his supervisor told him a tornado was headed toward Pilger. He called his mother to warn her. His family took cover but they were hit.

Cody said he could not get into the town to help. He learned that his sister Robin was at a Norfolk hospital and his mother was at an Omaha hospital. He was the only one left to identify his sister's body.

"It's just devastating,” he said. “I really can't put it into words. She was always the one to brighten-up somebody's day. There was this one time, I can't remember what I was upset about, but she walked up to me and said, 'brother why are you so mad? You should be happy. You got me.’"

Cody said has revisited Pilger a few times since the tornado but has no plans to return.

His mother has improved. She is out of a coma and now in rehab. We hope to hear from her mother Wednesday about her improving condition.


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