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Mt. Hope Memorial honors 14 Lawrence County tornado victims

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The historic tornado outbreak on April 27th, 2011 claimed 243 lives across Alabama.

Fourteen of those victims were killed in Lawrence County, including five in the small town of Mt. Hope.

Sunday, the town unveiled the Mt. Hope Memorial with the names of all 14 victims etched on it.

Families of the victims were at the ceremony, including the family of the Adams brothers.

Justin Adams suffered internal injuries and lost his leg. His younger brother, Matthew Chase Adams, lost his life.

"He was a great kid. He had just turned 21 five days before the tornado came," said their father, Michael Adams.

"My heart goes out to every one of the people affected or lost someone in the tornado. And it's by the grace of God that I'm still here, and I'm sure that they're still here as well."

Emily Hale Reeves survived the tornado in Chalybeate Springs. Her grandmother, 80-year-old Zora Lee Jones Hale lived two miles away.

"There was probably 150 people searching for her. Neighbors, friends, family, rescue workers. And about 15 minutes later, I found her," Emily said. " She was the rock of the family. I'm at peace with it. I know where she's at. Took a long time. But something like this, it makes my heart smile. It makes me happy that people are remembering her."

She said it's comforting to know her grandmother won't be forgotten. 

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