Thirty-nine people died in Erie County, New York, after a historic winter storm hit Buffalo.
Erie County Administrator Mark Polonkers said fatalities include those found in cars, those found outside, and heart attacks from shoveling snow or shoveling snow.
Among those killed was Monique Alexander, a 52-year-old Buffalo woman who doted on her three grandchildren, said her daughter Casey Macaron.
McCarron told ABC News that Alexander went out on Christmas Eve and never returned.
“She never said where she was going and said she would be right back.
“My mother was the rock in our family,” Maccarone said in a statement.
“You could count on her for anything. Whenever someone needed them, she was a caretaker.” I was cooking because she cared so much.”
William Clay turned 56 on Dec. 24, his sister Sophia Clay told ABC News.
He was an “avid reader” and “very religious”, his sister said, reading the Bible every day.
“There are people in this world who can quote the Bible, but they don’t have the Bible in their hearts. He is one of those who had the Bible in their hearts. He spoke it and lived it.” ” said Sophia Clay.
William Clay was left by a family that included a son and two grandchildren.
“He was a great brother, a great grandfather and a great friend,” said Sophia Clay.
Melissa Morrison, 46, was also among the dead, her mother Linda Adeo told ABC News.
She has two sons, ages 20 and 24.
Morrison was “the most beloved daughter and mother,” Adeo said in an email.
Abdul Sharif, who died in a storm on Christmas Eve, turned 27 on January 1, his cousin said.
His wife is pregnant and is due in about a week, reports Buffalo News.
A refugee from Congo, Sharif was known to help his neighbors.
According to her sister Tomesia Brown, 22-year-old Ander Taylor was stuck in the snow when she left work on Dec. 23. Taylor posted the video to the family group chat around midnight that night. Sent. Brown said her calls to Taylor went unanswered the next morning and her family later learned of her death.
Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Taylor moved to Buffalo in the summer of 2021 to take care of her father.
“She was the kindest and most loving person,” Brown said in a statement. That was her main focus: going back to school, helping her father…she took every chance…she did.”
ABC News’ Christopher Loft, Lena Camilletti and Leila Ferris contributed to this report.