• Breanna Johns

Cook County remembers deadly tornado a year later


On the evening of Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Adel, Ga., the community honored seven people who sadly lost their lives when a tornado tore through the town.

Those attending the candlelight vigil Monday evening lost homes or loved ones in the tornado that struck in the middle of the night on Jan. 22, 2017.

It was an emotional scene in front of the Cook County Courthouse as dozens gathered in remembrance of the deadly storm’s one year anniversary.

"If we don't go through nothing, how can we make it to heaven? We're going to have sorrows and pains. So I just thank the lord for the time we had to spend with them," said Beverly Mays, who lost two children a year ago.

She was one of many who attended that night with something to grieve.

"I'm just still remembering how we said we were going to grow up in the future having our houses next to each other, having the same cares," said Gabby Livingston, who lost her sister when she was at home as the tornado swept through.

"I just wish she was near me again, like to be together. We were really close," she said.

The people who lost everything that night found their closest friends after that storm.

According to WCTV, “Some people told us you can never be 100 percent prepared for an event like last year, but there is one thing they are positive about; if something similar were to happen in the future, they know the city and community would come together once again.”