Country icon sends prayer tweet after Texas blast

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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2010 file photo, Willie Nelson performs before the start of the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 auto race at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Texas. Nelson is sending out his prayers via Twitter Thursday April 18, 2013 after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked West, Texas, a small community north of Waco near where he grew up. He was born and grew up 120 miles north of the state capital, in tiny Abbott, which is about five miles north of West. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2010 file photo, Willie Nelson performs before the start of the NASCAR AAA Texas …

WEST, Texas (AP) — 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," Nelson 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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