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A community is Westchester County, N.Y., is in mourning today after two boys, ages 11

and 13, were killed when a tree downed during Hurricane Sandy struck the suburban

house where they were hunkered down.

“It’s just a tragic, tragic accident, and it could have been anybody’s kids,” Investigator

Brian Dedusevic of State Police Troop K in Somers told ABCNews.com. Neighborhood

pals Jack Baumler, 11, and Michael Robson, 13, died Monday night when a nearly 100-

foot oak tree crashed into the family room of the Baumler home, in New Salem, N.Y.,

Dedusevic told ABCNews.com.

“Heaven got two all-stars too soon,” Daniel Seymour, Jack Baumler’s uncle, told the

Journal News from outside his North Salem home today.  “Our faith will comfort us.

North Salem has a huge heart, and this community wraps its arms around this fam-

ily. We’re asking for prayers and privacy,” he said.  New York State police in Somers,

N.Y. arrived at the home shortly after 7:20 p.m. Monday in New Salem and found

that the massive oak had crashed into the home, striking and killing the boys.  “I

believe the boys died instantly,” Dedusevic said.  The accident, which Dedusevic

said he believes was likely caused by high winds and wet soil, also injuring two

other minors, ages 15 and 12, according to the New York State Police. The injured

15-year-old was Michael Robson’s 15-year-old sister Caitlyn Robson, according

 to state police. She was treated for scrapes at the scene by responding EMS per-

sonnel, but suffered no serious injuries. She and her brother were friends from

a neighboring residence, police said.  Jack Baumler’s 12-year-old brother

William was at the house as well. He also survived with only minor scrapes and

was treated at scene. Their mother Valerie was also home at the time but not in-

jured, according to Dedusevic.

“A lot more of stuff could have happened with the winds and weather that we

experienced. And it picked two innocent kids,” he said. “It’s very hard to

swallow.”

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