La Porte family grieves 4 who died in North Carolina tubing accident; pregnant woman still missing

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LA PORTE, Ind. (WLS) — A La Porte household is grieving the lack of 4 relations whereas nonetheless ready to see if one can be discovered after a tubing accident in North Carolina.

Antonio Roman, 30, died when his inflatable tube went over a Duke Vitality dam alongside the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina.

“A mom and father are alleged to go earlier than their kids,” mentioned his mom Kimberly. “their kids usually are not alleged to go earlier than them.”

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Roman was considered one of 9 members of the family from Eden and La Porte, Ind., who went over the dam final week.

“He was at all times joyful,” mentioned Shane Younger, his brother. “He is only a joyful individual, and saved everybody in good spirits too.”

Younger mentioned Roman was anticipating his fourth baby, however each mom and unborn child are nonetheless lacking. Search crews are nonetheless searching for 35-year-old Teresa Villano, who’s 24 weeks pregnant.

“They had been going to have a gender reveal,” Younger mentioned. “They’d a cake ordered at Walmart.”

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Workplace in North Carolina mentioned Villano’s niece, teenager Sophie Wilson, who was visiting from La Porte, was one of many 4 our bodies recovered, whereas 14-year-old Karlos Villano, additionally from La Porte, was one of many 4 rescued.

Deputies mentioned the 4 survivors had been discovered clinging to the dam, the place they’d been in a single day.

Search efforts for Teresa Villano had been suspended as a consequence of climate Tuesday, however will resume Wednesday.

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