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A 29-year-old Chattanooga man was killed in his home Sunday night during severe storms in the region. / Staff photo by Sarah Grace Taylor

The first confirmed death in Hamilton County from Sunday evening's storms was a man crushed in his sleep in his Wilcox Boulevard home by a falling tree.

Raffell Jenkins, 29, died in bed next to his fiancee with three kids in the next room. Jenkins was crushed by a tree that fell on the corner bedroom. His fiancee was missed by the tree and managed to crawl out from under ceiling debris with minor injuries, according to Jenkins' aunt, Flossie Parrish.

Parrish said it took nearly two hours for the Chattanooga Fire Department to respond and that his body lay under the tree for six hours before a landlord called for a contractor to cut the tree.

"He was just laying in bed next to her and he might have made it if response was faster," Parrish said. "He was in there with her and all those kids. It breaks my heart. This tornado just came through and tore everything up."

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