A refugee, a grandmother and a nurse among the victims of the storm in the USA

The identities of dozens of victims who lost their lives in a deadly US winter storm are revealed as the snow begins to melt.

More than 60 people were killed, most of them in New York’s Erie County, where the state’s second largest city, Buffalo, is located.

Among the dead are a Congolese refugee, a nurse and a grandmother.

Some were found in their cars or on the icy pavement, or even in the relative safety of their homes.

William Clay

Sophia Clay spent Christmas Eve worrying and worrying about her brother, William Clay, 56, who has gone missing.

“If he knocks on your door, help him,” she wrote in a Facebook post this morning. “Please pray for his safety.”

Willie Payne, Clay’s brother, told NPR it was a shock to receive a call from Sophia later that day. She told Mr. Payne that their brother had been found dead face down in the snow.

Mr. Clay died on his birthday.

Abdul Sharif

Abdul Sharifu, 26, went out at noon on Christmas Eve to do some shopping for his pregnant wife, family members reported to local media. He never came back.

A few hours after he left, he was found dead on the sidewalk.

Mr. Sharifu, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was in the process of rebuilding his life in Buffalo after fleeing his war-torn homeland.

Ali Sharifu, his cousin, told Buffalo News that Sharifu “was so excited to become a father” and was working to buy a home for his growing family.

Monika Aleksandra

Monique Alexander, 52, left home on Christmas Eve but never returned, her daughter Casey Maccarone told ABC News.

“She never said where she was going, she just said she’d be right back,” Maccarone said.

Hours passed and Mrs. Maccarone did not hear from her mother. She sent a message to the Buffalo Blizzard Facebook group asking if anyone had seen her.

Later, she received a call from a man who told her that he had found her mother’s body buried in the snow.

Ms Maccarone said her mother’s death meant she had lost “the bedrock of the family”.

Andel Taylor

Anndel Taylor, 22, died after being trapped in her car on the Friday before Christmas Eve.

Mrs. Taylor was a certified nursing assistant who moved to Buffalo from Charlotte, North Carolina to be with her elderly father.

While driving home from work, she was just minutes away from her final destination when she ran aground, relatives told US media.

Mrs. Taylor sent videos of the blizzard to family members from inside her car. But in the end, communication was broken.

Her body was found the next day.

Her mother, Brown Steele, told reporters, “I want to get to the bottom of why the city wasn’t able to help.”

Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy, 27, was found by his cousin on Christmas Day, a family member told the New York Times.

Cousin Steven decided to visit the house in Lockport, Niagara County, because Mr. Murphy wasn’t answering his calls. Nor does Steven’s mother, who also lives at this address.

He called 911 after finding Timothy “cold” and unresponsive, and his mother unconscious.

Mr Murphy died when carbon monoxide built up in his home after his outdoor stove became blocked by snow, officials said.

Carolina Eubanks

Carolyn Eubanks, 63, had heart disease and was dependent on an oxygen machine, her family told Buffalo News.

Her son and his half-brother went to her house to try to save her, but a journey that would normally take 10 minutes by car instead took seven hours due to road closures and stuck vehicles. They finally managed to park two blocks from Mrs. Eubanks’ house.

When her son, Antwaine Parker, tried to walk her to her car, she collapsed in the snow. Mr. Parker knocked on a neighbor’s door asking for help.

Strangers rushed to help Mrs. Eubanks inside, but she quickly gave up.

Her body lay in the house for 24 hours before she was taken to the hospital.

The couple “allowed my mother to rest in a room on the living room floor,” Parker said.

Stanislaw Jozwiak

Stanisława Jóźwiak, 73, was an immigrant from Poland who died after her car slid off the road while she was driving to a market in Buffalo, her daughter told the Washington Post.

Her body was found in her car on Christmas Day.

Her daughter, Edie Syta, told the Post that it’s possible her mother didn’t understand the seriousness of the storm warnings because she wasn’t fluent in English.

“So many families will fall apart,” she told the newspaper with tears in her eyes. “And they’ll never look at Christmas the same way again.”

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