This is so sad…
Student Texted Mother Goodbye Before Being Killed By Tornado
There were a number of victims who lost their lives in the recent series of fatal tornadoes which struck southern and midwestern states, however we felt this one is particularly heartwrenching.
A University of Central Arkansas senior named Jeffrey Hunter was waiting out the storm in his bathroom on April 27th when the tornado struck. As the storm approached he typed a series of final messages to his mother.
Here are the details via KNWA:
“First he said mama, I’m so scared,” said Regina Wood, Jeffrey Hunter’s mom.
All Wood could think to do was tell her son Jeffrey Hunter he would be okay.
“He knew how bad it was, these say it’s going to be a direct hit,” said Wood.
From her home in Beebe 20 miles away from her son in Vilonia, Regina could only update Jeffrey through text on where the EF-4 tornado was headed.
It was headed straight for him and he knew it, telling his mom goodbye.
“I have a text on my phone as the tornado was hitting “Goodbye mama,” says Wood.
“I kept saying are you okay? Are you okay? Let me know. Let me know. No answer,” Wood recalled.
Jeffrey wasn’t the only person to die in his Vilonia neighborhood. There are flags up for each one of the victims.
But despite the terror of losing her only son, Regina is comforted in the thought that Jeffrey, in the midst of panic and fright, thought to tell his mom goodbye.
Hunter was with his father and stepmother when the tornado hit. They were seriously injured.
So sad. Our prayers are with the family and other families who lose loved ones in the storms.