Mother of May 20 tornado victim still fighting for storm shelters in schools

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MOORE, Okla. – People all over Oklahoma are remembering those who were killed three years ago when a EF-5 tornado ripped through parts of central Oklahoma.

In all, 25 people lost their lives on May 20, 2013 when a massive tornado tore through south Oklahoma City and Moore.

Nine-year-old Christopher Legg was one of seven children who died when that tornado tore through Plaza Towers Elementary School.

“He died a hero. We found out later that he had moved down the hall and was sitting next to one of his friends and when the wall fell, Christopher turned and covered her and she survived and unfortunately, he did not,” Danni Legg, Christopher’s mother, said.

Legg says not a day has passed that she hasn’t thought about that tragic day.

"The entire school was in ruins. I looked for my kids,” Legg said.

Legg quickly found her other children who attended Plaza Towers but Christopher was nowhere to be found.

"It wasn't until the next day that we actually found out and I got a phone call from the ME's office that my son had passed away,” Legg said.

Recently rebuilt Plaza Towers now has storm shelters, something it didn’t have in 2013.

That’s why Legg has petitioned for statewide shelters in all schools.

"I don't believe that any child, regardless if they live in the metro or if they live in a rural area, should go unprotected,” Legg said.

Moore Medical Center, now called Norman Regional-Moore, was also destroyed in the tornado.

One of the first things they discussed in re-building plans was putting in a safe room.

"As you can see from some of the pictures, the cars were pushed up against the front of the building. There was really no way in or out of the building. We had to crawl through debris and around cars just to get everybody out,” Nick Stremble, Emergency Department manager, said.

Stremble says they’re happy to soon be able to serve Moore with their new building.

"We've been caring for the community through our emergency department the entire time through a temporary facility just across the parking lot from here, but it's great to really move into a permanent facility,” Stremble said.

The new building is set to open sometime in mid-June.