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This story was updated at 6:08 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020, with more information.

An eighth person has died from the Easter Sunday tornadoes that swept through Murray County, Georgia.

Harlan Blackstock, 57, died Thursday night at a Chattanooga hospital, Murray County Coroner Jason Gibson confirmed.

On Easter night, an EF3 tornado came through Murray County in the middle of the night, killing eight and injuring nearly two dozen.

Blackstock was injured and hospitalized after the storm that had killed a reported seven people in Murray County.

Three of those seven — Wilber Brookshire, 79; Myrtle Brookshire, 75; and Wilber Brookshire Jr. — were related to Blackstock through marriage. They were his father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law.

The four others that died in the storm were Rebecca Beck, 59; Richard Irwin, 50; Laquita Thomas, 63; and Deanna Zambrano, 20.

In North Georgia and the Chattanooga area at least 12 people died from the Easter storms, including a 4-year-old boy.

A week ago, officials in Murray County found out they will not be getting any federal relief funding for the damage caused by the tornado.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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