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Moore, Okla., Tornado Brings Unwanted Memories to West Texans

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9
SARAGOSA - Monday's massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, reminded people in Texas of another deadly twister, one that killed 30 people and injured more than 120 others.
Wednesday will mark the 26th anniversary of the tornado that swept through the West Texas town of Saragosa.

A memorial in front of the Headstart building is a daily reminder of what happened almost 26 years ago. The recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, has brought back many sad memories to local residents.

"It just brought real sad memories. It kinda reminded me cause it did cover two schools which brought memories of the Head Start class, the school that we were in. Vehicles were destroyed just like what we saw 26 years ago," Saragosa Resident, Elia Estrada, said. 

Estrada has lived in the tight knit community of Saragosa all her life. On May 22, 1987, she was attending the Pre-K graduation, along with a majority of the town's residents when a man interrupted the graduation warning them of the fast approaching tornado. She said what followed was pure chaos. 

"People were just devastated, running from here and there, and all of a sudden, it just hit,
a friend of mine that came was trying to calm people down, not to get scared and to get under the tables," Estrada said. 

Unfortunately, the violent F-4 tornado killed 30 people, among them friends and relatives of Estrada.

"The best friend that came with me died there. I had an aunt and I had several friends that lost their lives during the tornado," Estrada said. 

Estrada says she knows the road to recovery will be long and at moments hard to endure but says they will keep the Oklahoma community of Moore in their prayers.

"We pray for them. We wish them luck and we'll try to do whatever we can to help some of those people out because it's very similar to what we went through. We share their feelings, we share their hurt and their loss," Estrada said.   

On Wednesday, there will be a memorial at the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Saragosa to remember those who lost their lives during the Saragosa tornado.
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