MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. At least 51 people were reported killed.
On Saturday afternoon local residents gathered at Mohawk’s Weller Park for a day of remembrance to find a partly cloudy sky making room for a halo surrounding the sun.
“That halo is our families looking down upon us today as we remember them,” said Laura Renshaw, sister-in-law of Michael L. Renshaw, one of the victims killed at Gaffey’s Fast Lube in Herkimer during the March 13 shootings who was honored during the Take Back the Day Remembrance Walk.
Members of the class of 2013 at Herkimer County Community College donned caps and gowns to process into the gymnasium of the Physical Education building Friday evening to receive their diplomas.
For some, commencement exercises marked their first or one of their few times on campus.
MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 91 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
Students in grades K-6 took part in the Benton Hall Academy Mini-Marathon fundraiser where they walked several laps around Eastern Park on Thursday afternoon in honor of Martin Richard, the eight-year boy who was one of three killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
First-grade teacher Lisa Rice came up with the idea for the fundraiser as way to teach students about staying positive and helping families in a time of need.