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Officials identify 2 people killed after storms slam East Texas

MARION COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - Two people are dead following severe storms that swept through East Texas early Sunday morning.

The Marion County Sheriff' Office confirmed to KETK, a 40-year-old woman from Southeast Texas was killed at the Brushy Creek campground at Lake O' the Pines. Brushy Creek is located at 2669 Farm-to-Market Road 726, on the southeast tip of the lake, in Jefferson.

Officials say Mary Pinney, of Mont Belvieu, was struck and killed by a large, wind-blown tree that fell on the tent she and her family were camping in.

Pinney’s husband was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. The couple's three children were not injured.

The MCSO says reports were circulating from other media outlets stating four people were killed at the campsite. Those reports were incorrect.

Officials are asking residents to avoid the area while cleanup efforts are in place.

A second fatality was confirmed out of Longview after police say a tree fell on a mobile home killing a man.

Family at the scene tells KETK, the deceased is Angel Rocha, 41, of Henderson.

Relatives say he had been living in the mobile home, located at 104 West Fairlane Drive in Longview, for the past four to five months.

The Longview Fire Department responded to the scene, around 4:30 a.m., on Sunday, and contacted police when they found Rocha deceased inside the home, around 5:15 a.m.

A 12-year-old was also inside the residence and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

No other injuries were reported.

Rocha's church, Iglesia Nueva Vida, located at 4820 Tenneryville Road in Longview, held a prayer service in memory of Rocha at the church shrine at 6:30 p.m., Sunday evening.

A fund to support the family with burial services and other expenses has been created by the church and can be accessed here.


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