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Melita mourns teens killed by tornado last Friday

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: August 10, 2020 06:06

Shayna Barnesky and Carter Tilbury died when twister hit their vehicle

Image: Shayna Barnesky & Carter Tilbury - Facebook

The town of Melita, MB is in mourning after two local teens lost their lives last Friday after a tornado touched down south of Virden.

RCMP believe Shayna Barnesky and Carter Tilbury, both aged 18, were ejected from a vehicle that was swept up and tossed into a field. 

About a kilometre away, a man in another vehicle, a 54-year-old from Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

A memorial is being planned for the teenagers with details still being worked out to ensure COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines can be maintained.

The EF-2 tornado, with winds up to 190-kilometres-an-hour, also caused extensive damage to a farm. 

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