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Report: Teen texted a farewell to family as tornado that killed him approached

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Posted at 10:36 PM, May 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-05 09:06:46-04

VILONIA, Ar. – An Arkansas mother lost her son in an EF-4 tornado, but she is treasuring the final text messages he sent.

KNWA reports that Regina Wood received several text messages from her son, Jeffrey Hunter, while he sheltered in a bathroom as the tornado approached.

From 20 miles away she received texts that included a heartbreaking, “Goodbye mama…” and “It’s heading right for me.” KNWA reports that Wood said it is comforting to know that her son thought to tell her goodbye amid all of the panic.

A tweet from reporter Josh Berry shows the text messages, see the photo below. Click here for more on this story from KNWA.