Joplin Native Jamie McMurray Releases Statement On Tornado-Stricken Hometown

NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, a native of Joplin, Mo., released a statement on Monday afternoon expressing his heartfelt sympathy for his tornado-stricken hometown. At least 89 people were killed in Joplin on Sunday evening when a massive tornado devastated the city.

Here's the full text of McMurray's statement, as released by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing:

My heart goes out to all the people that have been affected by the devastating Missouri tornado on May 22nd, especially in my hometown of Joplin.

It is difficult to put into words, the emotions I have when I see the devastation and destruction that was caused by this storm. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all the people who are dealing with so much loss.

I would also like to thank all those that have reached out to me to express their concerns for my family. Although I don't personally have any family in Joplin any longer, there are still many people there that need our support and prayers.

If you'd like to help those in need after the devastating tornado (or any other one of the recent natural disasters), click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

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