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Athletes visit community near Washington mudslide

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:10

April 1 - Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders players visit with community members affected by Washington's deadly mudslide, as the official death toll rises to 24. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Athletes bring a smile to the faces of a community devastated by Washington's deadly mudslide. Members of the Seattle Seahawks football team and Seattle Sounders soccer team sign autographs and play games, including Seakhawks Super Bowl MVP, Malcom Smith. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEAHAWKS SUPER BOWL MVP, MALCOM SMITH, SAYING: "To be able to offer a little bit of a release, a distraction from what's going on, I mean, it's all you can do. We're just trying to help people as much as we can." It has been a difficult three weeks, as crews continue to search for missing people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DARRINGTON FOURTH GRADER, AKSEL ESPELAND, SAYING: "A couple people we knew I think were around the flood, and had some people that they knew that were under the mud." (SOUNDBITE) (English) DARRINGTON FOURTH GRADER, JACOB SPELMAN, SAYING: "I'd like to thank the players for coming and trying to cheer us up and just letting us have a good time." The death toll in Washington's mudslide rose to 24 from 21 on Monday, as the medical examiner identified more bodies. Twenty-two others remain missing. Their names have now been released.

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Athletes visit community near Washington mudslide

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 01:10