Garret and Jennifer Jones

Garret and Jennifer Jones
Garrett and Jennifer Jones

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day One, PM


They've found Jennifer. She had a severe head injury, and the coroner said she would have died quickly, maybe instantly. Her brother identified the body.

Garrett has been in surgery most of the day, with repairs to his arm. They found a place under his arm where he had been impaled , and were pulling out pieces of wood 2-3 inches long. They took the time to clean out that wound and several others. Tomorrow he'll go back to surgery to repair his broken jaws, right and left, and to clean out a head wound. He's being kept on the ventilator for now, until the major surgeries are completed, so he won't be told about her for a while.

The family is going to proceed with Jennifer's funeral, since they can't be expected to postpone it for 2-3 weeks. We don't know any details yet. Everyone is devastated. Jennifer and Garrett adored each other, and her family told my brother they'd never seen her happier in her life than she's been since they met. My brother and sister-in-love feel they've lost a daughter, not an inlaw.

Frank says it looks as if 2/3 of Alabama has been wiped off the map. My nephew says there is nothing above ground level left standing in their neighborhood: not a tree, not a bush--just foundations for homes that are no longer there. It's amazing that either one of them made it out of there at all.

Thanks again for all your support, and please remember all the victims and families of this catastrophic event.

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