Tornado Victim Identified: Ja’Nae Hornsby

The 9-year-old was one of seven children killed at Moore, Okla.'s Plaza Towers Elementary School in Monday's disaster.

Ja'Nae Hornsby (Angela Hornsby)
Ja'Nae Hornsby (Angela Hornsby)

Among the first victims to be publicly identified after the tornadoes that devastated Moore, Okla., on Monday is 9-year-old Ja’Nae Hornsby, whose father told news station KJRH that her body was found in the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School.

“She was just a big ball of energy; she was lovable. You couldn’t not love her,” her father said in a heartbreaking interview. “She was loved, and she was love.”

From the Huffington Post:

Ja’Nae’s grandmother confirmed to KOCO 5 on Tuesday that the family was informed at 9 a.m. that the girl’s body was at the medical examiner’s office. KOCO 5 also noted a conversation a reporter had with the family Monday night, as they continued to search for her:

Nine children and 24 people total have been confirmed dead as of Tuesday afternoon. According to Reuters, seven of the deceased children died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The 2-mile wide tornado left hundreds more injured, and the death toll may continue to climb.

Read more at the Huffington Post.