Tuesday 15 October 2019

Little pals died hand in hand

KYLE DAVIS, a blond-haired ball of eight-year-old energy who loved to play football, was killed when a roofing beam struck his neck as he sheltered in a school corridor.

Antonia Lee Candelaria and Emily Conatzer, inseparable nine-year-old best friends, died hand-in-hand in the rubble.

And Janae Hornsby (9), described by her father as "sunshine on rainy day", was also among the seven pupils killed when Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma, was flattened by the tornado.

The number of fatalities remained at 24 yesterday, with more than 300 injured. As the names of the dead became public, and as it was announced that President Barack Obama would visit the town on Sunday, loved ones paid tribute.

Kyle's mother Mikki said she would place his football trophies around his casket for his funeral.

Josh Hornsby, an Iraq war veteran whose wife Gia died last year, said Janae "was loving, caring, fun, and energetic".

At least 10 of the dead from the tragedy were children. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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