MOORE, Okla. - Residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Moore returned to what was so recently their home Wednesday, and began to pick up the pieces.
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Moore resident Stacey Hymel and husband Brent Bagwell were among them. The couple lost their home in Monday's tornado, one of the worst to ever tear through Oklahoma, but Hymel says it was the loss of her good friend and neighbor Terry Long that breaks her heart the most.
Long, who died taking shelter at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station, was one of 24 people to die in the EF-5 tornado Wednesday afternoon.
"I can't believe it. I just can't believe it," she said. " ... I've known her forever. Her husband and I grew up together in these houses and I grew up here. He grew up here."
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But Hymel says even in the sadness, she's seen signs of hope. Her cat, Jingle Bells, thought to be lost in the rubble where her home once stood, was found in what used to be the master bedroom.
And with day one of recovery barely over, Hymel and Bagwell say they'll rebuild.
Interested in helping? Visit www.kjrh.com/relief for information on various donations.
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