Dad Mourns Death Of Daughter Killed At Elementary School In Moore

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 6:29 am
By: News 9

Monday's devastating Oklahoma tornado ripped apart Plaza Towers Elementary School. We've been hearing stories of teachers who used their bodies to shield students as the roof came crashing down.

However, one student from the school couldn't be saved from the destruction.

"I treasured all my time with her," Joshua Hornsby said of his daughter Jenae. "Any time I got a chance to spend time with her, I was enjoying all of it. with her All of it was special to me."

Hornsby raced to his daughter's school Monday. Jenae was a third grader at Plaza Towers Elementary. He got there 10 minutes too late.

"I had to park around the corner from the school," he said. "And when I hit the corner so where I could see the school, the school was gone. My heart just sank."

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Yolanda Hornsby was the 9-year-old girl's grandmother, "We were looking everywhere-- everywhere that we thought we could look, where they may have said she may have been taken. We were looking...and trying not to believe the worst," she recalled.

At 8:30 Tuesday morning, Joshua Hornsby's phone rang.

"It was the medical examiner and he told me they had my daughter," said Hornsby. "I knew what he meant, but I didn't want to accept it. I kept asking, 'What do you mean she's with you? What is she doing?' That's when he told me she was deceased. That was it."

"It's like taking a piece out of my heart and just like stomping on it ," said Yolanda Hornsby. "And to come to terms with that -- that I won't be able to spend Sunday dinners with her, no more times at church with anymore, all of that stuff that we did together. And the smile."

The family gathered Tuesday at church to console each other over so much loss.

"She is always going to be here in my heart," said Joshua."In my mind, she is always going to be here."

Joshua Hornsby also lost his house in the tornado, but said it is so trivial compared to loss of his oldest child.