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Homeschool family suffers loss of father, children, in tornado

Sunday evening a tornado ripped through Paron, Arkansas, claiming the lives of three of the Tittle family. Rob Tittle, 48, and two of his nine children, Tori, 20 and Rebekah, 14, died in the storm.

VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Town devestated after the area was hit by a tornado April 29, 2014
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Town devestated after the area was hit by a tornado April 29, 2014
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VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Shawn Riddle stands injured in the debris of his home after a tornado April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas.
Photo by Mark Wilson

According to 17-year-old Emily, her family was running for cover when the tornado hit. Four of the other children sustained broken bones.

Whitney, age 19, wrote on Facebook: "We have lost three of our family...Dad, Tori, and Rebekah. Prayers would be appreciated. The house is gone, stripped from the foundation. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

The half mile tornado touched down ten miles west of Little Rock before moving through northern suburbs in a 30 mile long path. According to the National Weather Service, more than 50 twisters occurred through Tuesday.

The tornado devestated Vilonia, Arkansas for the second time in three years. Homes rebuilt after the 2011 tornado were demolished again. It also took the $14 million intermediate school set to open in the fall for 900 students.

Mayflower, Arkansas was also hit hard, leaving a giant swath of debris. The storm reduced homes and vehicles to sticks and scraps of metal.

Tuesday morning a 53-foot Samaritan's Purse truck loaded with chain saws, tarps, wheelbarrows and other necessary tools and supplies necessary for recovery efforts left for Mayflower, Arkansas and other southern states affected by the storm. Volunteers will help residents search for mementos and other personal items.

A touching tribute to homeschool father, Rob Tittle, and links for information on how you can help his widow and seven remaining children can be found here.

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