My niece, April 23, 1995
I had been a legal assistant at a downtown law firm (OKC) for a few year then decided to move back home in November, 1993. I wanted a completely different life and so I decided to get my barber's license.
On Wednesday, April 19, 1995, I was working at a hair salon in Shawnee, OK. We were getting ready to move into a new building and so I had to meet the furniture delivery guys at the new building. It was about 10:00 am when I heard the news from the Mathis Bros. delivery man. As soon as he saw me at the front door he yelled that "there was a bombing in the City". I was in shock. I went back to salon at the old location and told everyone. I guess they were in shock too because there wasn't much of a reaction. I immediately called friends that I knew would be downtown at work. They were safe. One friend told me that the parking lot which is about 8 blocks from the bombing location, was like a war zone. People lying on the ground with blankets, a state of confusion.
For the next few days I was glued to the tv. When I would get home from work I would turn it on and flipped through every channel until I would fall asleep hoping and praying that someone else would be found alive. By Sunday, April 23, 1995 I needed a break from the tv. During the memorial service in OKC I went outside with my niece and took the above photo of her with the neighbor's horse. She will graduate from high school in about a month. Nineteen children graduated straight to heaven on April 19, 1995.
The families of the 168 victims will never have to worry about their loved ones being forgotten, we will never, never forget.
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