Community remembers 3-year-old killed during tornado outbreak in Kentucky
Volunteers feeding thousands of people every day
MAYFIELD, Ky. - A historic tornado outbreak in the nation's heartland last week took the lives of nearly 100 people and injured many others.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says nearly 80 people in his state were killed in the tornadoes.
Among the dead is Jah'lil Dunbar, who was just 3-years-old and was in his mother's arms when he was killed in the EF-4 tornado that tore through Mayfield.
He is one of 12 children who were killed in the storms.
Family and friends gathered in downtown Mayfield Sunday night to honor Jah'lil's life by releasing hundreds of balloons into the air.
"It hurts," Jah'lil's father said at the memorial. "I love y'all. To my babies, I love y'all to death."
Surveillance cameras capture destruction of bank by Mayfield tornado
Beshear said nearly 1,000 Kentucky residents are in shelters as the cleanup from the storms continues. That number doesn't count people staying with family or friends, or those staying in homes without electricity, so having a hot meal is very important.
Operation BBQ Relief is feeding more than 5,000 people every day in Mayfield. The company started volunteering years after a destructive tornado tore through Missouri. Now, they've shown up to at least 80 disaster sites to feed people.