Waverly residents remember victims of deadly tornado

"If we could, let's bow our hearts in silence as we remember those and their family families."

WAVERLY, Va. (WRIC) — The people who survived Wednesday’s deadly tornado are trying to piece their lives back together and return to normalcy.

So, what do you do when tornadoes rip through your town and demolish homes and claim lives? For some residents in Waverly, they pray.

“If we could, let’s bow our hearts in silence as we remember those and their family families,” John Williams said to a congregation of people who gathered inside a local church in Waverly to remember the fallen victims. They rang a bell for those who died during Wednesday’s storms.

296B8616152847E7BDFB30662D932D0COne by one, Williams read the names of the three victims. Each time a name was read, the bell sounded.

One of the victims, Devine Stringfield, was inside a mobile home that the tornado hurled across Route 460. Stringfield was killed, along with his 2-year-old nephew, Ivan Lewis. Fifty-year-old Larry Turner was also inside the home and killed.

Stringfield’s brother and young Ivan’s uncle, John Williams, was too upset to talk on camera but told 8News he was in school when he heard the tragic news.

“I look at the internet and I saw my sister’s trailer sitting on the road on 460,” he recalled. “It was just gone. I was like, ‘my sister’s trailer is gone.'”

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