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The ceremony was held in honor of the victims of the Illinois tornado

By DAN GREENWALD

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EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV– A ceremony was held Friday morning in honor of the six victims killed when a tornado hit an Amazon facility in Edwardsville.

The ceremony was held at the Edwardsville Fire Department headquarters. Mayor Art Risavy said a Dogwood tree will be planted in memory of the six Amazon employees who have passed away, and a placard will be placed next to the tree. The six victims were:

Deandre S. Morrow, 28 years old, St. Louis Kevin D. Dickey, 62 years old, Carlyle, Illinois Clayton Lynn Cope 29, Alton, Illinois Etheria S. Hebb, 34 years old, St. Louis Larry E. Virden, age 46, of Collinsville, Illinois Austin J. McEwen 26, Edwardsville, Illinois

“These people went to work that day like many of us,” said Risavy, “but didn’t get the chance to return home.”

Clayton Lynn Cope’s mom, Carla Cope, says he’s a great seal and will help anyone.

Carla Cope said: “We cannot thank everyone enough for all that they are doing for us. “Obviously I’m not the only one suffering so I hope they get the support they need.”

Tragedy could have been worse for Carla Cope. Her husband also worked at an Amazon warehouse but was not there when the tornado hit.

The flags in Edwardsville were lowered to half-staff on Wednesday. The National Weather Service estimated the tornado to be EF-3.

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