Friends remember former Burkburnett ISD student

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A Burkburnett family is in mourning after the loss of their daughter and her boyfriend from one of the massive tornados that ripped through Alabama on Sunday. 

Sunday afternoon, a violent and devastating tornado roared through Eastern Alabama leaving behind a path of destruction. At least 23 lives were lost and the Lee County Coroner said victims lost were between six-to 89 years old. Felicia Renee Woodall, 22, and her boyfriend Ryan Pence, 22, of Wylie were among them. 

“My heart just absolutely shattered,” Woodall friend Meghan Getchell said.

 Getchell met Woodall in middle school and didn’t think anything like this would happen.

“Like I had said, you hear it happening to everybody else but you never expect it to happen to you and it is just one of those feeling that you don’t know how to cope with,” Getchell said.

Bryce Thayer also met Woodall in middle school and said her friend was someone who cared so much for many.

“She was very outgoing very glass half full person. Very positive and encouraging she loved everybody and had really a golden heart honestly,” Thayer said. 

Getchell said Woodall was always someone she could go to if she was struggling with something.

“She would always help me if I was going through a rough patch. She would be there to support me and always help lift me back up and she was just always a positive outlook on my life,” Getchell said.

Even though Woodall is gone, Getchell and Thayer said the impact she had on their lives will never be forgotten.

A memorial service for Pence is scheduled for Thursday, for details on that, click here. A GoFundMe page has been set up for both Woodall and Pence, if you’d like to help with that, click here.

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