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Funerals for tornado victims

JARRELL, Texas, May 31 -- The first funerals are being held for more than two dozen victims of a killer tornado that ripped apart a central Texas community. Twenty-seven people, including an entire family of five, died when the tornado hit the town Tuesday, and at least 10 are to be buried today.

Church music minister Larry Igo ('EYE'-go'), his wife Joan, and three children are among the first mourners are bidding farewell. The Igos gathered with their children -- 17-year-old Audrey, and 15- year-old twin sons Paul and John -- in their Double Creek Estates house after the tornado warning sounded. The F5 storm -- with winds in excess of 260 mph -- erased the Igos' home and an entire neighborhood, leaving the concrete foundations vacuumed clean. Funerals for all the victims could continue as late as Tuesday. The Red Cross estimates the swarm of a dozen tornadoes that roared through the central Texas area between Waco and Austin damaged 300 homes. Of these, 176 were so badly damaged they have been declared uninhabitable. State officials estimated the damage in Jarrell alone at $20 million. ---

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