Fil-Am teen injured in tornado passes away

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 11 2014 01:46 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2014 09:46 PM

NEW JERSEY - The tornado that killed a Filipino couple in Virginia last month claimed its third victim -- the couple's 13-year-old son.

Lheandrew Balatbat, who was fatally injured when a tornado hit the Cherrystone campground in Virgina last month, passed away Saturday afternoon.

He had been in a coma at the Children's Hospital of the Kings in Norfolk since July 24.

His parents Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega were both killed when a tree fell on their tent. They were laid to rest at the Holy Name Mausoleum in Jersey City, 9 days ago.

The couple's daughters Lhariezha Anne and Lheanna Leigh were also injured.

It has been the family's tradition to make an annual trip to the Cherrystone campground to celebrate Ortega's birthday.

The Cherrystone family camping resort reopened recently, and has established a fund for the orphaned Balatbat children.

On its website, the resort said all funds collected will be given to the court-appointed legal guardian of the kids.