MOORE, Okla. – Kyle Davis’ family looks through home video on their cell phone almost every day, just to hear the sound of her son’s voice.
Eight-year-old Davis was one of seven third-graders who died at the elementary school when the EF-5 tornado hit Moore.
“It was the longest night of my life, just the wait.” Davis’ mom, Mikki Davis, said.
She didn’t get notification about her son until the next morning.
Davis and her parents, Marvin and Sharon Dixon, are living out of suitcases right now, homeless after the storm damaged their house.
They plan to rebuild.
In the meantime, they have scrapbooks that survived the tornado, salvaged pieces of the life they had before the storm.
“I want to say thank you to anyone who helped, financially or those who came and helped our family; my job, my friends and their families, my church, Southlakes Soccer Club,” Mikki Davis said. “Our family just wants to say thank you. I don’t want to miss anybody. This is a big thank you to anyone that’s helped not only me but any of the families that have been affected.”
Friends helped Mikki Davis and her brother Terrill Dixon dig through the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary on Memorial Day, searching for Kyle’s school book bag.
They found it, full of his belongings; a treasure.
Kyle’s teacher, Mrs. Doan, found a soccer memento of Kyle’s.
She accidentally left it in a jacket, after she’d taken it from Kyle one day at school; he had been fidgeting.
Davis said she feels so grateful for all of the people who have helped her family pick up the pieces during what has been the most difficult season of their lives.
She said she remembers running six miles to the school that day with her brother Terrill, “When I got to Plaza, I lost it.”
They have pictures now of the area they couldn’t get to that night, the hallway in the third grade wing where Kyle’s class took cover.
She kissed the wall where he died, a firewall that was supposed to hold but didn’t.
“I am lucky that God gave me this child,” she said. “It was for a short time but I am lucky.”
Mikki’s last words to her son were early in the morning, May 20.
She was leaving for work about 5 a.m. and he woke up to watch cartoons in her bed.
“I said, ‘I love you, Bub.’ He said, ‘I love you, Mom.’ Then I went out of my bedroom and I stopped and I came back and I looked at him and he was just watching the TV and that was the last time I saw him,” she said.
If you would like to donate to Kyle Davis’ family, friends have set up an account at Bank of Oklahoma.
You can give to the “Kyle Davis Special Contribution Account” at any BOK location.