May 23, 2013

Oklahoma mourns lost children

Seven of the tornado's 24 victims were students at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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This undated photo provided by Marvin Dixon shows his grandson Kyle Davis. Davis was killed when a tornado struck Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Texas on May 20, 2013. Nicknamed ‘The Wall,’ 8-year-old Davis loved soccer and going to the Monster Truck exhibitions at the fairgrounds with his grandfather (AP Photo/Marvin Dixon)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Hornsby family, shows JaNae Hornsby. JaNae, who was killed when a tornado struck Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Texas on May 20, 2013, is described by her father Joshua Hornsby as a "special baby" who made friends with everyone she met. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Hornsby Family)

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The family's house, just three blocks from the school, also was destroyed. He hasn't gone back to see if he might find a few of JaNae's things to keep.

"JaNae was the life of the party. If JaNae was there you were having a good time. She liked to sing, be a big sister, be a big cousin. She liked to draw," he said smiling as he remembered the small girl.

As family gathered to make funeral arrangements and comfort one another, Hornsby looked behind him into the house.

"If she was here she would just have everybody laughing and she would be in the midst of everything. She loved the spotlight," he said.

The family of 9-year-old Christopher Legg described him as someone who never met a stranger. Christopher, who also suffocated inside the school, played football, baseball and basketball and "loved to roughhouse and wrestle" with his father, older brother and little sister, his family said in a statement. The youngster also faced his diagnosis with skin cancer and joint problems in his knees "with the same strength and enthusiasm that he had for life."

Sydney Angle, another 9-year-old killed at Plaza Towers, was lovingly referred to as "a pickle" by her softball coach Landon McNeill, who was with the girl's parents as they waited at a church for news about their daughter.

"Sydney was real quirky," McNeill said. "She could be anywhere and have fun doing it."

 

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Rae Kittrell holds her son Rylan, who turned one-year-old today, a block away from her house in Moore, Oklahoma, two days after the Oklahoma City suburb was left devastated by a tornado on May 22, 2013. Kittrell's house survived the tornado. Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

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