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Thousands raised online for infant killed in western ND tornado

A row of trucks, some of them crushed by debris, sit parked in the storm-damaged Prairie View RV Park on Tuesday, July 10, in Watford City. Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald

WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Almost $18,000 has been raised for a one-week-old infant who died in the EF-2 tornado that hit the western North Dakota community of Watford City on Tuesday morning.

The infant, Blake, the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire. According to information on the GoFundMe site, the couple's mobile home was struck and flipped in the tornado July 10. Blake was injured.

"Marisa held him tight all through the tornado as their home was tossed and destroyed. Blake was then life flighted to the hospital where they found he was suffering from severe head trauma. We are very thankful that their young son Tristan was having a sleepover that night and was unharmed," said Sheila Anderson, who created the GoFundMe page.

The tornado injured more than two dozen people while displacing about 200. The storm destroyed 122 structures, including RVs, mobile homes and outbuildings in the RV park that houses oilfield workers as well as families.

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