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‘So many people are so devastated'

From Staff Reports Modified: May 13, 2008 at 8:32 pm •  Published: May 13, 2008
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As Picher residents searched Monday for their lost belongings in the rubble left by Saturday's tornado, they faced a unique barrier to recovery: They can't go back.

The future:

With a federal buyout in progress, many storm victims don't know what the future holds, but they know it won't be in Picher. They say rebuilding would be foolish. "So many people are so devastated,” said the mayor, a victim himself.

Picking up the pieces:

Some Picher residents returned to their homes Monday, searching through the rubble for pictures and answers.

The victims:

Names provided by the state medical examiner's office.

•Samuel Don Berry, 20, Picher.

•Tracie Dawn Berry, 19, Picher.

•Darrell Edward Patterson II, 28, Wagoner.

•Chizuri Cox, 80, Picher.

•Mistie Dawn Kelley, 30, Picher.

•Linda Christine Mathis, 48, Picher.

•The name of a seventh confirmed fatality was not released.

Guest book for Picher tornado victims Slideshow: Picher Tornado May 10, 2008


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