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Sunday, September 16, 2018



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Oklahoma tornado's youngest victims remembered by family and friends

Oklahoma tornado's youngest victims remembered by family and friends

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Nine-year-old Sydney Angle was "everywhere at once" when she was out on the softball field. Kyle Davis, 8, was nicknamed "The Wall" because of his size and presence on the soccer field. JaNae Hornsby, also 9, was the life of the party.

The three were among seven small children pulled lifeless from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School after a monstrous tornado raked across the building, leaving the one-story building a heap of bricks, broken concrete and twisted metal. In all 24 people were killed — including 10 children — when Monday's storm ravaged Moore and a slice of Oklahoma City.

Landon McNeill, Angle's softball coach, lovingly called the charismatic kid "a pickle." He said he was with Sydney's parents Monday night as they waited at a church for news about their daughter. Her older sister, who was also at the school, made it out safely, and they held out hope that Sydney had ended up with someone else and would turn up.

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

The family also lost their home in the tornado, and players and parents from Sydney's softball league fanned out across intersections in south Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon collecting donations for her family.