Kinsfather gathered with other parents at Abundant Life Church, 777 SW 19th St., to await the news from first responders on the status of their children. Upon hearing her son was conscious and transported to a local hospital, Kinsfather was emotional but relieved.
“Cry. Be happy that we’re alive,” she said when asked what she may do when reunited with Brandon.
Several yards away other family members gathered around a Plaza Towers administrator desperate for news of their children. With mud and debris laced in her hair, the administrator calmly addressed the huddled group with the limited information she had.
Holding on to a school yearbook, the administrator assisted Moore Police in identifying children.
A few blocks west at 1020 16th St. Blanca Quiroz assessed the remnants of her home. Standing next to two of her sons, Quiroz maintained composure and perspective.
“It’s fine. My sons are fine. It’s just things. We’re alive,” she said.
Priority No. 1 for the family was reuniting everyone in one place.
Residents in the neighborhood abandoned their own concerns at the first cries for help, many toting crowbars and shovels in search of those in need.
Shouts for help rang out as first responders raced toward various piled remains of homes to search for survivors.