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May 24, 2013

Tornado took town’s youngest as it swept through Moore

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MOORE —

Both died when the EF-5 tornado destroyed the building as the two tried to ride out the storm in the store’s walk-in freezer.

Futrell was a doting mother, active in the Little League association where another son played, her cousin, Amy Pulliam, said.

Futrell’s husband, Cody, who told his wife to seek shelter inside the store, was overcome with grief, Pulliam said.

“As soon as the tornado went over he just took off running,” she said. “When he made it as far as Little River Park he saw there was nothing” left of the store.

Antonia Candelaria, 9: Antonia loved to sing. She knew the words to most of the songs on the country radio station her family frequently had on and she would sing along, bringing joy to the house.

In an obituary, the family remembered the “gentle and loving spirit” of a girl with a sweet nickname, “ladybug,” that complimented those of her two sisters, who are affectionately called “butterfly” and “dragonfly.”

The third-grader recently auditioned to sing in a talent show scheduled for the last day of school at Plaza Towers Elementary. The girl died at the school with seven other children, including her best friend and next door neighbor, Emily Conatzer.

“Tonie always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum,” the family wrote in her obit. “And she banged her drum very well. She would bang that drum so loud that others could not help but to start dancing to her beat as well.”

Tonie was especially gifted in art as well as music. She loved to draw, paint, color and make crafts.

Emily Conatzer, 9: Emily loved unicorns, Lady Gaga and dreamed of one day traveling to Paris to become a fashion designer.

The third-grader died at Plaza Towers Elementary with seven other children, including her best friend Antonia Candelaria.

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