Father Joshua Hornsby remembers his daughter Ja'Nae who was killed in Moore tornado on May 20, 2013

MOORE, Okla. - We first met Joshua Hornsby last year at Plaza Towers Elementary just hours after the tornado hit as he looked for his daughter, Ja'Nae.

During a phone call the next day, Joshua confirmed the worst had happened. The tornado had taken his daughter's life.

Devastated by the news he vowed to keep Ja'Nae's memory alive.

He invited us to a church service his family and friends were holding for Ja'Nae. His father is a pastor and faith is a big part of their lives.

Joshua told us he was turning to God and prayer for strength.

Still, that day, Joshua felt conflicted. He wanted to be strong, but he was angry. He couldn't understand why his daughter's life had been taken.

"Rage just came over me," 'he said.

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Now one year later, life is different for Joshua.

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He's left Moore, started a new job and continues to heal.

"I still am angry some days. It's just coming to the realization that there's nothing you can do about it. God has his will and you have to accept his will," Joshua said.

Accepting it, is just what he's working to do.

Some days are harder than others.

"It don't get any easier as the time goes by, if anything I would think it gets harder because it's setting in more that they're gone, starting to realize how long it's been since you've seen your child," said Hornsby.

One way he's coping, is by hitting the open road. Joshua bought a motorcycle after Ja'Nae died.

He said he rides on it to let his mind be free. It's where he thinks.

"Mostly (about) Ja'Nae and just life in general," said Hornsby.

Joshua has become good friends with some of the other parents that lost their children here last year.

It's a special support group. He's meeting with them on the anniversary of the tornado.

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