Willie Nelson sends prayer tweet after Texas blast

Willie Nelson sends prayer tweet after Texas blast

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 04: Willie Nelson performs during Farm Aid 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on October 4, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Willie Nelson

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:08 AM

WEST, Texas -- Country music legend Willie Nelson is sending out his prayers via Twitter after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked West, Texas, a small community north of Waco near where he grew up.

"West has been in my backyard all my life," @willienelson tweeted early Thursday. "My heart is praying for the community that we call home."

When not on the road touring, Nelson has lived in Austin, Texas, since 1971. But he was born and grew up 120 miles north of the state capital, in tiny Abbott, which is about five miles north of West.

The explosion Wednesday at West Fertilizer injured dozens of people and officials say there were fatalities.

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