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Son Sent Mother Goodbye Text Before Tornado Claimed His Life (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A victim of the EF-4 tornado that struck Arkansas on April 27, 2014, was able to send a final text message to his mother before his life was taken.

Jeffrey Hunter was in his bathroom when the tornado struck his home in Vilonia, Arkansas. His mother, Regina Wood, was 20 miles away and could only send Hunter text messages with updates on where the tornado was heading.

"First he said mama, I'm so scared," Wood told KNWA. "He knew how bad it was, these say it's going to be a direct hit.”

Hunter knew the tornado was headed for his home and he took the time he had left to send his mother a text message she says she will hold on to forever.

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"I have a text on my phone as the tornado was hitting "Goodbye mama," Wood said.

Hunter was found by a neighbor after the tornado hit.

"All you could hear was horns going off and people hollering help help," neighbor Lyman Watkins said.

"I made my way, he was at that house right there," Watkins said. "I kept saying are you okay? Are you okay? Let me know. Let me know. No answer.”

Wood finds comfort in knowing that Hunter thought to say goodbye to her amidst the panic and fright he was experiencing.

Hunter, a senior at University of Central Arkansas, was with his father and stepmother when the tornado hit. Both were severely injured.

Sixteen people died in the April 27 EF-4 tornado, reports Arkansas Weather. The tornado tracked on the ground for nearly 40 miles before it lifted off the ground and then touched down 4 more times.

Sources: Arkansas Weather, KNWA

Photo Source: NWA