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YouTube Star Will Norton Sucked Out of Sunroof in Joplin Tornado
The death toll from the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri rose to 125 on Wednesday, as the search through the rubble only reveals more bodies, no survivors.
While each death is tragic, one particular story is resonating with people -- a teenager who was apparently killed on the way home from graduation.
Will Norton, 18, was driving home from his high school graduation on Sunday when his Hummer H3 started to flip over. His seatbelt snapped. His father tried to hold onto him, but he was sucked out of the sunroof, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Norton's body has not yet been found. His family is searching for him, but there appears to be little hope that he is alive.
His sister Sara was on the phone with their father as the tornado hit.
"We left about five minutes before them. We barely made it in the garage. Trees started blowing in," she told CBS News. "My dad called, he was talking to him. He was telling my brother, 'Pull over, pull over.'
"I heard the tornado whipping them around. I had a feeling they were flipping around in the air. It was just really scary. We just didn't know what to do."
The family rushed to the car. They had to cut the father out, but there was no sign of Norton, just his graduation cap and cell phone.
"He (the father) said he had his arms around Will when they started flipping and Will's seatbelt snapped and he flew through the sunroof," Sara said.
Norton was well known on YouTube. He had a channel called "Willdabeast" where he posted comedy diary-style videos. He had some 1.5 million views.
Here is one of his videos: