1 year since deadly tornadoes hit Mississippi

1 year since deadly tornadoes hit Mississippi (Image 1)

WINSTON, Miss. – It’s the one year anniversary of the deadly tornadoes that hit the Magnolia state destroying homes and business.

On April 28, 2014 more than 20 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service.  

Ten people died in Winston County; there were also deaths reported in Issaquena, Leake, Lee, and Rankin Counties. A total of 14 people died from the severe weather.

One of those victims was Louisville resident Ruth Bennett. Even though she lost her life, she saved a little girl.

“There’s no reason she shouldn’t live a normal healthy life,”said Coysheena Mitchell, mother to little Ashytn Mitchell.

Daycare teacher, Ruth Bennett was killed, while saving Ashtyn during a deadly tornado that swept through Winston county last year.

“”She’s doing really well,” Mitchell said. “If course as you can see, she has no trouble walking or speaking. She still has some emotional scars.” 

These days, Ashtyn is all about school.  She’s set to graduate head start next month.

“I learn my numbers, my letters and my colors and my days of the week,” Ashtyn said.

 Bennett’s daughter, Carnesha says her mother’s memory lives on.

“Even though it’s been a year, it still hurts, but with that hurt a lot of blessings have come and I’m stronger, my brothers stronger and as a family, we’re stronger together,” she said. 

“I don’t want anyone to ever forget Mrs. Ruth, her commitment not only to children, but to her community, to her family, to her friends,” Coysheena Mitchell said. 

More than 1,200 homes and 200 businesses were affected  by the storms; About 91 people were injured and 14 people died.

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