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Teen texts mother 'goodbye' before tornado makes direct hit

Teen texts mother 'goodbye' before tornado makes direct hit

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 5, 2014

When the deadly EF-4 tornado was en route to Vilonia, Ark., on April 27, one teen said his goodbyes in advance. Jeffrey Hunter, a senior in high school, texted his mother from a bathroom right before the tornado took his life.

Hunter's mother, Regina Wood, was 20 miles away in Beebe, Ark. Hunter was with his father and stepmother.

"First he said, 'Mama, I'm so scared,'" Wood tells Fox 24

After crawling out of a closet with his wife and five dogs once the coast was clear, Hunter's neighbor, Lyman Watkins, was the first to find Hunter's body outside of his family's residence. 

Hunter's last texts read, "Goodbye Mama...." and "It's heading right for me." The tornado made a direct hit. 

Wood says, "That was the most precious thing a son could do for a mother." 

Fifteen lives were taken in total in Arkansas during the deadly storm.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.