Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega, killed in VA tornado, remembered in Jersey City

Friends and family are mourning a Jersey City couple who was killed in a tornado while on vacation in Virginia.

Friends and family are mourning a Jersey City

Friends and family are mourning a Jersey City couple who was killed in a tornado while on vacation in Virginia. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

JERSEY CITY - Friends and family are mourning a Jersey City couple who was killed in a tornado while on vacation in Virginia.

There is grief in the Filipino community, where the couple was well known and well loved. 

The couple died Thursday when a tornado swept through their camp ground on the Chesapeake Bay. A tree fell on their tent, killing them instantly. Their three children were injured.

Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega are being remembered as hard-working people and loving parents.

"They're very devoted to their kids," says Lucy Zaragoza."They work at night, in the morning they bring the children to the school."

Neighbor Hermie Garcia says she worked in the same lab as Ortega and the two would often carpool. She says her grandchildren played with the Balatbat-Ortega children. 

The couple loved to camp and vacationed at the site each year, according to friends. They were the only people killed by the violent storm, but dozens more were injured.

The governor of Virginia said today the couple's 13-year-old son is in critical condition following surgery.

A fundraiser for the family will be held Tuesday in Jersey City at 6 p.m. at the Zeppelin Hall Restaurant and Beer Garden.

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