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"He was a pretty big kid," Dixon said. "Whenever he had the ball, other kids would just bounce off of him. That’s why they called him that. ... He was just the kindest, most giving kid you would ever meet. He had a grin from ear to ear."

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Christopher Legg, 9

Christopher’s years were defined by courage in the face of daunting illness.

Diagnosed with skin cancer and Osgood-Schlatter disease — an illness which can cause painful inflammation in the knees of young athletes — Christopher nevertheless loved to play sports and "roughhouse and wrestle with his Daddy" and his brother and sister, according to a statement issued by the family.

He was among the children inside Plaza Towers when the tornado hit.

"He is not in pain, but in joy with our Lord," the statement said.

"He was greatly loved by all who knew him," the family said. "He never met a stranger. You were always a friend in his eyes. Just last Sunday, his grandfather remarked that Christopher was going to play center for the University of Oklahoma someday."

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Megan Futrell, 29, and Case Futrell, 3 months.


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Futrell had picked up young Case from a babysitter as the storm approached Moore. She eventually took shelter in a nearby convenience store at the suggestion of her husband, according to a relative.

Both died Monday when the EF5 tornado destroyed the building as the two tried to ride out the storm in the store’s walk-in freezer.

Futrell was a doting mother, active in the Little League association where another son played, her cousin, Amy Pulliam, told The Oklahoman.

"She was my sister I never had," Pulliam said. "It’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard. But there’s nothing you can do now."

Futrell’s husband, Cody, who told his wife to seek shelter inside the store, was overcome with grief, Pulliam said.

"As soon as the tornado went over he just took off running," she said. "When he made it as far as Little River Park he saw there was nothing" left of the store.

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Antonia Candelaria, 9

Anonia loved to sing. She knew the words to most of the songs on the country radio station her family frequently had on and she would sing along, bringing joy to the house.

In an obituary, the family remembered the "gentle and loving spirit" of a girl with a sweet nickname, "ladybug," that complimented those of her two sisters, who are affectionately called "butterfly" and "dragonfly."

The third-grader recently auditioned to sing in a talent show scheduled for the last day of school at Plaza Towers Elementary. The girl died at the school with seven other children, including her best friend and next door neighbor, Emily Conatzer, 9.

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