Kentucky family loses all six members to Bowling Green tornado

An entire family died after a tornado struck their home on the morning of Dec. 11, 2021, in...
An entire family died after a tornado struck their home on the morning of Dec. 11, 2021, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.(WSMV)
Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 7:51 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WSMV) - Authorities have confirmed that the body of missing teen Nyssa Brown was recovered Thursday morning, WBKO-TV reported.

Nyssa, 13, was the last person unaccounted for in Bowling Green after 244 reports of missing people.

Devastated relatives are remembering one of the families who perished during the Bowling Green tornado, that as of Wednesday, killed 15 people in Warren County.

Seven of those deaths were under one roof, in a house belonging to Rachael and Steven Brown on Moss Creek Avenue.

Rachael, Steven and their children: Nariah, Nolyn and Nyles all died. Nyssa’s body was found Thursday morning. The tornado also killed Rachael’s mother-in-law.

[Rachael] was a good person,” her sister Rochelle Finkton said. “She enjoyed being a mother. I mean she loved them kids to the moon.”

The EF-3 tornado went on its deadly course in the early morning hours Saturday morning. It left the Brown’s house flattened and unrecognizable.

Finkton was informed by a relative of her sister’s death on Sunday.

“I knew there was a tornado, I was watching the news,” Finkton said. “But in my mind it didn’t click on me that it was my family. When he told me I was devastated.”

Finkton remembers her sister and brother-in-law for their love and cooking and love of family. She says she’ll miss talking to her sister on the phone and hearing her nieces and nephews yelling “Hey Aunty” in the background.

“The only thing I can do is raise balloons for the whole family and remember her that way and just look at her pictures and think in my mind about the memories we had and the times we talked on the phone,” Finkton said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, funeral arrangements hadn’t yet been made as search efforts continue for Nyssa.

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