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May 24, 2013

Faces of the storm

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MOORE —

Kyle was among six 9-year-olds who died in the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Kyle had taken shelter in the school’s gymnasium with other students.

“He was in the position that the teacher told them to be in —crouched down with their hands over their heads,” Dixon said. “The medical examiner said either some big rock or beam or something fell right on the back of his neck. He said he died instantly.”

It would take a sizeable force to bring down Kyle’s large but playful personality.

“He was a pretty big kid,” Dixon said. “Whenever he had the ball, other kids would just bounce off of him. That’s why they called him that. ... He was just the kindest, most giving kid you would ever meet. He had a grin from ear to ear.”

 

Christopher Legg, 9: Christopher’s years were defined by courage in the face of daunting illness.

Diagnosed with skin cancer and Osgood-Schlatter disease — an illness which can cause painful inflammation in the knees — Christopher loved to play sports and “roughhouse and wrestle with his Daddy” and his brother and sister, according to a statement issued by the family.

He was among the children inside Plaza Towers when the tornado hit.

“He was greatly loved by all who knew him,” the family said. “He never met a stranger. You were always a friend in his eyes. Just last Sunday, his grandfather remarked that Christopher was going to play center for the University of Oklahoma someday.”

Christopher played football for the Red Eagles and the Rough Riders, baseball for the mad Dogs and basketball for the Moore Community Center.

 

Megan Futrell, 29, and Case Futrell, 3 months: Futrell had picked up young Case from a babysitter as the storm approached Moore. She eventually took shelter in a nearby convenience store at the suggestion of her husband, according to a relative.

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