Mourners remember girl, 9, killed in Okla. tornado
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MOORE, Okla. - Friends and family are attending funeral services for a 9-year-old girl killed by Monday's tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb.
Thursday's funeral for Antonia Candelaria was the first since the storm that killed 24 people. Ten of the victims were children.
Relatives and friends huddling under umbrellas amid a downpour hurried into a chapel where mournful country songs played. The front of the chapel was filled with photos of a smiling Antonia.
Candelaria was one of seven children who perished when the tornado flattened an elementary school in the city of Moore.
A family photo released by her mother shows the girl beaming with a big smile and wearing a white sun hat.
Authorities say the tornado caused $2 billion in damage and destroyed or damaged up to 13,000 homes.
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says it has positively identified 23 of 24 people killed in the tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, including 10 children. Officials still were trying to contact eight victims' relatives Wednesday, but released the names of 16 others:
-- Terri Long, 49
-- Megan Futrell, 29
-- Case Futrell, 4 months
-- Shannon Quick, 40
-- Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months
-- Karrina Vargyas, 4
-- Jenny Neely, 38
-- Antonia Candelaria, 9
-- Kyle Davis, 8
-- Janae Hornsby, 9
-- Sydney Angle, 9
-- Emily Conatzer, 9
-- Nicolas McCabe, 9
-- Christopher Legg, 9
-- Cindy Plumley, age unknown
-- Deanna Ward, age unknown
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