Family raising money to send Ruston High senior to college after mother, brother killed in tornado

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RUSTON, La. (4/26/19) — Shevondalyn Butler says she was the first to learn of her sister and nephew’s passing, but she had to come to terms quickly to be strong for her family. 

“Just missing that phone call in the morning or girl the latest gossip or whatever or just girl talk I am going to miss that,” says Butler. 

An unbreakable bond — Shevondalyn Butler is coming to peace with losing her sister 35-year-old Kendra butler and 14-year-old nephew Remington in Thursday’s tornado. 

“The officials came and told me it was two fatalities at first they told me it was one then they said it was two and i told them i’m not gone believe that i can’t except that right now,” says Butler. 

Butler says her daughter, Sanaa Robinson, and Kendra’s older son, 18-year-old Camron Murphy, were also inside the home — narrowly escaping death as multiple trees fell on top of them. 

“It’s wow… For Cam to rescue Sanaa pull her from under and then try to go back. He’s upset because he tried to save his mama and his brother, but he couldn’t and that tears me up everyday,” says Butler. 

Her heart aching for her nephew who lost his mother just weeks before his high school graduation. 

“That’s all she wanted to see for him to walk across the stage and she had been prepping for him and now I gotta keep pushing for her,” says Butler. 

Which means saving money and making sure the young track star attends college. Cam losing not only his mother and brother, but all of his belongings. The family holding on to each other and the community rallies behind them in support. 

“I’m so appreciative because I didn’t even know the community could come together like this,” says Butler. 

Butler says a funeral home in Shreveport is covering the costs for the services. 
Right now, the family is raising money to send Cam off to college and help replace items he lost in the storm. 
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