Skip to comments.Relatives: Tornado victim lost life shielding sons
Posted on 04/30/2010 8:41:49 AM PDT by Pyro7480
Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter was tough: she could kill a deer and skin it. But when it came to her three sons, the 31-year-old mother was a nurturer and a protector.
Thus, friends and family say it came as no surprise to learn Carpenter had lost her life trying to shield her children from last weekend's killer tornado.
Rodney Bradshaw, her cousin, said he found Carpenter pinned by two collapsed walls, a washing machine and a refrigerator. Two of her sons were beneath her; a third at her feet. All three children survived....
James Bradshaw said his daughter was just 5-foot-5 and slim, but had a powerhouse personality.
"I don't think she's met anybody that she wouldn't talk to," Bradshaw said. "I used to take her hunting and fishing. She killed a deer this past season, hung the deer, skinned it and cut it up and put it in the freezer. She was very feisty."
Bentonia Police Chief Edward Ferrell said an investigation supports the account of Carpenter's final moments given by family members. Ferrell and other local emergency officials responded to calls by those hit hard by the storm's rampage through Yazoo County.
Moments before the twister barreled down the rural road where she lived in a mobile home, Carpenter's phone rang with a warning about the storm.
"We don't know who called. We never recovered the phone. Whoever it was saved them," said James Bradshaw, whose oldest grandson told him about the call....
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Sad, but also heroic. A better way to go than choking on a donut, if you’ve got to go.
Phone records will show.............
The AP hates Sarah Palin. They probably don't see the irony here.
No mention of a Dad in this story. Wonder if he’s gone, or just more of the liberal press idea that father’s aren’t important? Since the kids are staying with the Grandfather, I guess it means he’s not in the picture.
That is heartbreaking.
Isn’t there a hymn about “under his wings”?
“Mom”....there’s really nothing more you can say.
God bless you, dear mother.
Some people have a inner strenght that is just beyond what their mortal body can bear, Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter was one such person.
What does it mean to be a mom? This says it all.
Bless her sons, family and God bless her. What a hero. Her description reminds me of the strong pioneer women. Truly tragic.
...an investigation supports the account of Carpenter's final moments given by family members.
"Trying"?! "Supports the account"?!
Liberal "journalists" trying to cast doubt on the stunning heroism of this woman because it undermines the Leftist requirement of personal cowardice and collective groupthink protection.
Dear Lord forgive me, but Shakespeare had it wrong - the first ones to go need to be the insectoid "journalist" heart-and-mind saboteurs.
Go with God, lovely mom. Prayers for the family.
OTOH, it is good that the woman and children are from Mississippi because another brave woman gave her life for her son and Clinton/Reno sent the kid back to Cuba.
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