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Storm victims include Missouri girl, aunt’s ‘special angel’


Associated Press

As storms roared across five states, one of the dozens of people killed was a 9-year-old southeast Missouri girl who loved swimming, dancing and cheerleading. Annistyn Rackley, her two younger sisters and their parents had sought shelter in a windowless bathroom in their home. The girls’ mom showed they were in their “safe space” by texting her Aunt Sandy a photo of the three in and next to the bathtub. All of them were smiling, and Annistyn held her favorite doll. Sandra Hooker said that 15 minutes later, a tornado splintered the home, carrying the family members dozens of yards through the air into a field. 

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