Her mother was everything
Angeletta Santiago is struggling this week, too. Her mother, Tawuana Robinson, died in the storm.
"To lose her to something so devastating ... it hurts," Santiago told CNN affiliate KSDK.
Her mother called her just as the tornado was bearing down on her.
"She said 'yes, the tornado has touched down. I am in my closet,'" Santiago recalled. "I love you."
Robinson lived a block from Plaza Towers Elementary School. The phone line went dead.
Santiago tried to call her mother back but couldn't get through. After hours passed, she went on Facebook and searched victim websites.
"I had hope and I prayed," she said.
"I had a friend in my mother. I had a mother in my mom. I had a sister in my mom. I had everything a girl could want in a mom," she said.
"My heart goes out to everybody ... the babies, the mothers who will never be able to see their children again. I hope you're healing."