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Jenni Carlson: Why Moore will carry on after latest tragedy

MOORE — Chad Mashburn was talking to his secretary in his office at Moore High School on Monday afternoon when he heard the voice of the head principal.

“Chad,” Mike Coyle yelled, “we’ve got a problem!”

Mashburn, the athletic director, hustled out of his office.

“I think we have a car accident,” Coyle told him as they walked out of the school through the commons and into the courtyard, “and maybe a kid hurt.”

As they crossed a sprawling parking lot on their way to the east end of the football stadium, they heard the scream of ambulance sirens. They quickened their pace.

Mashburn’s phone rang. It was Stefan Seifried, the track coach.

“We’ve got one down,” he said. “I need you to get over here.”

Mashburn took off running, and what he saw on Main Street when he rounded the corner of the football stadium nearly stopped him in his tracks. Kids scattered on the street, the grass, the sidewalk. Clothing. Shoes. Blood.

“I will never unsee that scene,” Mashburn said.

Tragedy had once again struck Moore, Oklahoma. This close-knit suburb south of Oklahoma City had been beset by another inconceivable horror, a calamity hitting unexpectedly, leaving suffering and pain in its wake.

This week, it was an out-of-control pickup slamming into distance runners out for an end-of-practice cool down.

Before, it has been sky-blackening, freight-train-sounding tornadoes slamming into houses and schools and so much more.

Why Moore?

Why does it have to go through another heartbreak? Why does it have to deal with funerals and tears and sadness? Why does disaster keep finding this place?

Why?

We don’t know the answers. Much like the meteorologists eventually explained how weather patterns merged and storms brewed to bring those tornadoes in 1999, 2003 and 2013, we may get more details about what happened this week.

But we’ll never understand why.

Hearts have broken again and again this week, and tough days remain. Saturday brings the funeral for Yuridia Martinez, the sophomore who died in the hospital from her injuries. Tuesday will be the funeral for Rachel Freeman, the senior who died at the scene.

Then Wednesday, Moore will have its Signing Day celebration, delayed earlier this week by snow. Rachel was going to sign a National Letter of Intent with Ouachita Baptist University. Her teammate Kolby Crum was set to sign with a college program, too, but he remains in the hospital, critically injured. Things won’t be the same.

Those who are gone and those who have been changed will impact Moore forever.

But so will the love shown in the aftermath of Monday’s horror.

Upwards of 1,500 people attended a vigil at the high school Tuesday evening. Dozens of flowers and notes and stuffed animals have been left at the crash site. Nearly $45,000 has been raised for the families on GoFundMe accounts alone.

The community is rallying even as it is reeling.

Moore is strong.

That essentially became the city’s mantra in the days after the May 20, 2013, tornado. That storm slammed into Briarwood Elementary, then into Plaza Towers Elementary, where seven students were killed. All told, more than two dozen people died, hundreds were injured and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

Out of that day came Moore Strong.

Thing is, Moore was mighty long before that, and it surely has been since. Even now, when we wonder how it can possibly handle another tragedy, Moore again shows us. When days are dark, you help. When hearts are broken, you care.

When hope seems lost, you love.

Sometimes, tragedy visits the same place and the same people so many times that outsiders wonder how they survive. They carry on because they love.

Chad Mashburn saw it in those minutes after horror struck Monday. Students became the first responders, helping their classmates and in some instances saving their lives. Adults followed their lead, doing everything they could to help.

So it has been in the days since.

So it will be for many to come.

“We won’t ever be all the way through,” Mashburn said. “We’re not ever gonna forget.

“We’re not ever going to not remember.”

Moore will remember. Moore will love. Even when we don’t understand why.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 405-475-4125 or jcarlson@oklahoman.com. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK or follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok.

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HOW TO HELP

GoFundMe accounts have been set up for four of the students involved in Monday's tragedy. The verified fundraising campaigns can be found through the following links:

Rachel Freeman: gofundme.com/f/rachel-freeman

Yuridia Martinez: gofundme.com/f/yuridia-martinez

Kolby Crum: gofundme.com/f/support-for-kolby-and-family

Joseph White: gofundme.com/f/cross-country-tragedyjoseph-white-amp-family

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<strong>Memorials and posters have been placed at the site of Monday's crash in Moore. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Memorials and posters have been placed at the site of Monday's crash in Moore. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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[Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Community members pray during a vigil for students killed and injured in Monday's hit and run incident in Moore at Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cf41dbf3d1237437767e15b523b8513e.jpg" alt="Photo - People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People gather around a make-shift memorials at the sight of a hit and run incident in Moore near Moore High School in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. 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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›

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