Six-year-old boy dead after overnight storms rip through Region 8

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BALD KNOB, AR (KAIT)- Seven people died overnight when strong storms tore across the state of Arkansas. Among those killed was a six-year-old Bald Knob boy.

The story has already gotten national attention. Family members described six-year-old Devon Adams as a smart little boy with a big heart. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins pulled together Friday to gather belongings, and start picking up the pieces.

Bald Knob Police Officer Stephanie Vaughn says it's a tragedy no parent wants to see. "Anytime that there is a death, especially unexpected, accidental, it's tough. But knowing that it's a six-year-old, and being a mother myself, it makes it a little harder," said Vaughn.

Vaughn says the department received a call just after 2:30a.m. Friday morning. A massive tree had fallen, crushing the Adams' home. Vaughn said it took more than two hours for emergency responders to reach the child.

"The tree was large to the point that the Searcy Fire Department had to be called out because they had more industrial equipment and better resources to remove the tree," said Adams.

Shortly after 5 o'clock Devon Adams was pronounced dead. While material things can be replaced, family members says nothing will ever replace Devon. They say he was taken from this earth before he had a chance at life.

The boy's mother and two-year-old sister were also pinned down by the tree, but they were rescued and only suffered minor injuries. Bald Knob Police Chief Tim Sanford suspects straight line winds blew down the tree.

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