A Lawrence County Deputy and his wife were among those killed on Easter Sunday as storms tore across the state of Mississippi.
A Facebook post from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office states that Deputy Robert Ainsworth and his wife, Paula, were tragically killed as a tornado hit their home. The post goes on to say that Deputy Ainsworth, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, died while shielding Paula from the storm.
According to initial reports from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the death toll following Sunday’s storms is now at 11.
Carroll – 1 Fatality
Jefferson Davis – 4 fatalities
Jones – 2 fatalities
Lawrence – 2 fatalities
Panola – 1 Fatality
Walthall – 1 fatality
For more from MEMA’s initial assessments, click here.