9-year old JaNae Hornsby was one of 24 people killed in the recent Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, which caused an estimated $1 billion in damage.
Her father rushed to her school to get her when he realized where the storm was touching down, but he didn’t make it in time. According to the Associated Press, the tornado had already slammed through the building when he arrived.
He franticly combed through the rubble with the help of other students and first responders looking desperately for JaNae. Slowly, more and more children were pulled from the rubble. Many children, still alive, were rescued, but none of them were JaNae.
It wasn’t until two days later that JaNae and several other children were found at the very bottom of all the debris. All of them suffocated beneath the debris, and died from mechanical asphyxia.
Her dad says that JaNae loved to draw, sing, and be a big sister and cousin to her younger relatives. He commented, “JaNae was the life of the party. If JaNae was there you were having a good time.”
Other children who died in the storm include:
- Sydney Angle, 9
- Antonia Candelaria, 9
- Emily Conatzer, 9
- Kyle Davis, 8
- Case Futrell, 4 months
- JaNae Hornsby, 9
- Christopher Legg, 9
- Nicolas McCabe, 9
- Karrina Vargyas, 4
- Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months