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Antonia Candelaria Obituary

Antonia Candelaria (Image via Daily Mail)
Antonia Candelaria (Image via Daily Mail)
Antonia Candelaria, 9, died in the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on May 20.

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Antonia loved to sing. She knew the words to most of the songs on the country radio station her family frequently had on a nd she would sing along, bringing joy to the house.

In an obituary, the family remembered the "gentle and loving spirit" of a girl with a sweet nickname, "ladybug," that complimented those of her two sisters, who are affectionately called "butterfly" and "dragonfly."

The third-grader recently auditioned to sing in a talent show scheduled for the last day of school at Plaza Towers Elementary. The girl died at the school with seven other children, including her best friend and next door neighbor, Emily Conatzer.

"Tonie always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum," the family wrote in her obit. "And she banged her drum very well. She would bang that drum so loud that others could not help but to start dancing to her beat as well."

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