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Two more funerals for Oklahoma schoolchildren to be held Friday

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Mourners leave a funeral service for Antonia Candelaria, 9, a student at Towers Plaza Elementary school who was killed by Monday's tornado Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Funerals for two more children killed when a tornado hit Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., will be held on Friday, school officials in the town said.

They were among the seven 8- and 9-year olds who perished as the storm tore through the elementary school. Another student from Plaza Towers, Antonia Candelaria, was mourned on Thursday at a memorial service.

“She was a beautiful young lady on the inside and out,” said an obituary for Candelaria published in The Oklahoman newspaper. “She had her own most special and beautiful way of looking at the world. She could find the positive, good and joy in everything.”

Digging through the debris for an up-close look at the school that was completely destroyed by the deadly tornado. KFOR's Ali Meyer reports.

A funeral service for another student killed at the school will be held on Saturday, according to school officials. Families have requested no media coverage.

Thursday was the last day of school for the town devastated by the storm that claimed two dozen lives, injured more than 300 people and severely damaged or destroyed more than a thousand homes.

Students from Briarwood Elementary, which was also caught in the storm’s path, met with their teachers on Thursday at another local school, NBC News affiliate KFOR reported.

“I’m actually pretty happy. It will be good for me,” Briarwood third grader Brianna Roper said before seeing her teachers and classmates for the first time since Monday.

The town will hold a public memorial service on Sunday evening at First Baptist Church that will be “open to all,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. President Obama is scheduled to visit Moore and survey the destruction earlier Sunday.

School officials have resolved to get all of the suburb’s students back to class in the fall.

“We will rebuild and we will reopen and we will have school in August,” city school superintendent Susan Pierce said.


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A monster tornado hit Moore, Okla., Monday afternoon, leaving at least 24 dead.