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

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By JOHN HANNA Associated Press

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – 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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