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Berks County Coroner identifies all 7 victims of R.M. Palmer factory explosion

According to the Berks County Coroner, six of the seven victims' causes of death were determined to be blast injuries. One cause of death was from thermal burns.

WEST READING, Pa. — The Berks County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identities of all seven victims of the explosion and building collapse at the R.M. Palmer Co. building in West Reading. 

The names and hometowns of the victims are as follows: 

  • Xiorky D. Nunez, 30, from Reading
  • Susan H. Halvonik, 63, from Upper Providence Township
  • Michael D. Breedy, 62, from Marion Township 
  • Diana M. Cedeno, 44, from Reading
  • Judith Lopez-Moran, 55, from Reading

The first two victims previously identified are: 

  • Amy S. Sandoe, 49, from Ephrata
  • Domingo Cruz, 60, from Reading 

According to a preliminary investigation by the Berks County Coroner's Office, all of the victims died of blast injuries, excluding Xiorky D. Nunez, whose cause of death was ruled as thermal burns. 

A final determination of the cause and manner for death of the victims will be made at the conclusion of the investigation. 

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