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Community Mourns Tornado Victims

RIEGELWOOD -- After hearing the news that eight people died and more than 20 were injured in Thursday's storm, cars crowded the usually quiet streets. Many of them were neighbors searching the destruction for a familiar face.

Freddie Dickinson was tossed 30 feet from his now destroyed home. His pick up truck is a mangled mess across the street. He knows he's lucky he made it out alive, but he's grieving for those who didn't.

Many survivors are at the elementary school turned into a shelter. Students and staff are learning to deal with a loss of one of their own, a first-grader named Danny.

"I just rode the school bus with the little boy who lost his life. I rode the school bus with him on Tuesday and sat with him, and he was happy. He fell asleep on the way home, and he was just the typical happy little first-grader," says Principal Janet Hendricks. 

The flag is at half staff at Acme Delco Elementary School in honor of Danny. People in Riegelwood say they could not get through this tragedy without the support of their community.

Now, as people piece their life into garbage bags, surrounded by markers where their neighbors and family died, they know it's time to rebuild, and it won't be an easy task.

Reported by Kim Gebbia

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