Hundreds line up to pay respects to three family members killed in Smithfield tornado
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:32:53 GMT —
A true testament to how much they're loved, hundreds lined up to pay their respects to three family members killed in last week's deadly tornado.
Ashley Smith is a family friend.
"This is just somebody that was that important that there are so many people here. It's like the whole area has come together because it's so tragic and it's amazing to see all this. To stand in this line is really meaningful," says Smith.
35-year-old Kimberly Hilliard, her 4-month old baby Paris Newman, and her 70-year-old great aunt, Virginia Warner were taken together and Monday they're remembered together.
Tacy Andrus has known the family for more than 40 years.
"They were just a great family and nobody deserves all this pain," says Andrus.
Hilliard had so much to look forward to with a new baby, a new home in the works, and a marriage to her true love, Bobby.
"Their whole family is amazing people and Bobby is an amazing man. And I see there is a lot of people to help him get through this," says Smith.
"It's just so sad. It's so sad. Lives ended too soon. Much too soon," says Andrus.
Minutes away from the Cornerstone Baptist Church where the three will be laid to rest Tuesday, you can see typical tornado behavior where a home is destroyed and next door, a home lies untouched. While it's typical tornado behavior, tornadoes aren't typical for Central New York.
"I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it. This sort of thing doesn't happen in our area. The weather has been so freaky," says Andrus.
A weather phenomenon that is as destructive as it is random.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11am at the same location, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hamilton.