Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Hunter was in a terrible position on April 27th. He knew that with an intense tornado approaching, he would probably die. Before the EF-4 twister was about to hit his house in Vilonia, Arkansas, he sent a series of goodbye text messages to his mother.
Regina Wood, Hunter’s mother, is now holding onto those text messages as if it were her last breath.
“First he said, ‘Mama, I’m so scared,'” Wood says of the messages. She tried to calm her son down as he locked himself in the bathroom of his home, telling him that he would be alright. “He knew how bad it was, they say it’s going to be a direct hit.”
She heartbreakingly adds, “I have a text on my phone as the tornado was hitting ‘Goodbye mama.'”
“All you could hear was horns going off and people hollering ‘help help,'” said Lynn Watkins, a neighbor who lived a few houses down from Hunter. “I made my way, he was at that house right there,” she said and then added she found Hunter unconscious and lying on the ground.
Hunter, who was a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, was with his father and stepmother at the time of the tornado but they were not killed. They do have serious injuries.
We hope Jeffrey Hunter and all the victims of that tornado rest in peace.