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2 anonymous corporations offer to pay for funerals of Alabama tornado victims

Out of the 23 deceased, four children were killed.

In the midst of destruction and death, two companies are stepping up to help families who lost loved ones in the Alabama tornado.

Officials confirmed 23 people died from the storm - one man, Curvin Robinson, told 11Alive seven of those victims are from his family.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said two corporations have offered to pay for most - if not all - of the funeral expenses for the victims. 

The name of the church where the seven members killed from the one family is Trinity United Methodist in Opelika, Alabama, Harris said.

Robinson is still shaken by what happened.

“I’m in shock still, you know … I’m blessed to be here," said Robinson on Monday.

"We’re in the backyard in the shed watching TV and I took behind a refrigerator and just balled up,” Robinson recalled. “You think it’s going to blow over and it’s not going to be this bad ever. We tried to ride it out as normal but it was a bad one …. I’ve been here all my life. It’s indescribable. Nothing like this before.”

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Robinson said his mobile home shifted off its foundation after the storm.

“I’m numb, completely numb, for that moment, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” Robinson said. “Had to ride through it.”

Harris has not named the corporations who agreed to help out. There are a least two people from Sunday's storms that are still unaccounted for, he said

Out of the 23 deceased, four children were killed, ages 6, 8, 9 and 10.

The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89.

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