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Country singers’ surprise brings relief to Moore tornado victims

NORMAN, Okla. – One family who was hit hardest by the Moore tornado were caught off guard by a country music singer and a local car dealership Thursday.

Brandie Candelaria and Jimmy Rosson, the parents of 9-year-old Antonia Candelaria,  received a surprise they will not soon forget.

Antonia was killed when the tornado hit her school, Plaza Towers Elementary.

“Some days it’s harder to breathe and harder to carry on,” says Brandie Candelaria. “But we lean on each other and find our strength.”

Thursday, NewsChannel 4 was there as Tulsa country music singer, Adley Stump, teamed up with Joe Diffie and Fenton Nissan West to give the family a new truck.

“She has no idea we’re about to give this truck to her,” said Stump. “She just thinks I heard what happened to her, told Joe and we are just giving them a fun night out.”

The family was certainly surprised when Diffie called them on stage at Riverwind Casino.

The family not only lost their third-grader in the tornado but also lost their home and their cars.

With a baby on the way and two of Antonia’s sister to look after, Candelaria was speechless on stage.

“It hit a lot of people,” said Stump. “It didn’t hit my family but it might next time. The more I talk to Brandie, the more I hear her story, it makes it really real.”

Packing up her new truck, Candelaria says she couldn’t be more thankful.