FOND DU LAC - As we continue to cover the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado. We are learning that one of the littlest victims has a connection to northeast Wisconsin. Her parents are natives of the Fond du Lac area. Family friends say she will be missed greatly.
Her name is Sydney Angle. She was nine years old, and a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School. Her school took a direct hit right at the end of the school day Monday. Angle was among seven children who died at the school. Three other children and 14 adults were killed else where in the city of Moore.
Friends of the Angle family remember 9-year-old Sydney as a source of joy.
"She was a sweet girl with a bright smile. Her daddy said she had a smile like no other," said Laura Schneider.
Sydney Angle died when her elementary school was hit by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma Monday and then the storm struck the Angles yet another blow.
"They did lose their home and they lost all their belongings," explained Schneider.
Parents Dan and Nicole Angle are originally from the Fond du Lac area. Even though they moved to Oklahoma about a decade ago, friends in Fond du Lac have not forgotten them.
"I don't know if there's any words to explain something like that. I just can't imagine what she's going through right now...being that we went to high school with her, with Nicole, I felt so helpless yesterday,' said Brian Kuhnz.
But instead of remaining helpless, friends decided to help. A group got together with the help of radio station Sunny 97.7 and set up a fund to benefit the Angles. It's through Hometown Bank. Donations can be sent to either branch in Fond du Lac, made out to Dan & Nicole Angle Disaster Relief Fund.
Friends of the Angles have even set up a Facebook page to bring awareness to the relief fund. It already has more than 100 views.
"The outpouring on Facebook alone from family and friends, in the area, friends that have moved away has just been overwhelming," said Schneider.
But that outpouring of support isn't really a surprise.
"When there's roots in Fond du Lac we're gonna do everything we can to help a family out," said Kuhnz.
To help a family start the slow recovery after a devastating loss.
"A very wonderful family, loving, kind," said Schneider.
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