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MOORE, OK -- One month ago tonight, at this hour, a large swath of Moore was blanketed in darkness. Electricity, like many of the homes, wiped out. The search for survivors went on throughout the night; everyone knew what all of us were facing.

But as dawn broke the next morning, and in the days to come, we learned the full scope of the destruction.

The EF5 that had ravaged Moore killed 24 people. The damage estimated to be in the billions. For weeks, visitors and volunteers have been drawn to that community.

The emotional magnet was Plaza Towers Elementary; the school site where seven children lost their lives.

NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh visited the grounds of the school and talked with some of those who had gathered there.

Each of them with the same determination to recover and rebuild, like a sentry standing guard, the water tower stands above the debris.

Below it, a seemingly endless concrete pad is the only reminder of Plaza Towers Elementary.

A wire fence surrounds the grounds now serving as a makeshift memorial. Beckoning those who come to remember.

Among those is 14-year-old Kayla Carmona, who lost her dad and 8-year-old sister, in the Joplin tornado.

"There are some days where you feel you never want to get up. It's really hard to go through," Carmona says.

Volunteers like those from the Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Traveling miles to teach their young people life lessons.

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