Louisiana Mann dies from the aftermath of weekend storms

Louisiana Mann dies from the aftermath of weekend storms

Damage after storm in the municipality of Bossier
Photo: Office of the Bossier parish priest

HAUGHTON, La. (AP) – The harsh weather that swept through Louisiana over the weekend has taken another life.

The Bossier community sheriff’s office confirms that Ira Jefferson, 87, died of head injuries at Ochsner LSU Health on Tuesday when a tornado hit his home in Haughton. The weather system spawned at least one EF-2 tornado in the area, news agencies reported.

Jefferson lived on the same street where 79-year-old Jerry W. Franks and 65-year-old Mary Sue Franks were found dead in the wreckage of their home in the hours after the storm.

Tracey Jefferson described his great-grandfather as a veteran who loved God and went to church. The family says they plan to rebuild on the same property.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.

In the neighboring community of Caddo, 75-year-old Raymond Holden was killed when a large tree fell into his home in Oil City as a strong, gusty wind before the storms.