Monuments dedicated to Harrisburg tornado victims

Monuments dedicated to Harrisburg tornado victims

Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

HARRISBURG, IL - MARCH 02: Utility workers try to restore electricity to a tornado-damaged section of town on March 2, 2012 in Harrisburg, Illinois. Thirteen people died as severe weather and tornados swept through the middle of the country earlier in the week. The storm killed six people in Harrisburg. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 9:52 AM

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Eight people killed when a tornado tore through Harrisburg earlier this year are being memorialized with new monuments in the southern Illinois city.

The monuments to victims of the Feb. 29 tornado were dedicated Thursday outside Harrisburg Medical Center.

One honors 22-year-old Jaylynn Ferrell, who was a nurse at the hospital. The other monument pays homage to all of the victims killed in the twister. The monuments were paid for by donations.

During Thursday's ceremony, each victim's name was read before there was a moment of silence.

Ferrell's mother attended the dedication. Patty Ferrell called it a great opportunity to remember the loved ones lost, and she says the families now have a bond.

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