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Moore, Oklahoma Holds First Funeral of Tornado Victim

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Mourners leave funeral service for Antonia Calendaria, 9, who was killed by Monday's tornado May 23, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mourners leave funeral service for Antonia Calendaria, 9, who was killed by Monday's tornado May 23, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Moore, Oklahoma held the first funeral for a victim of Monday's monster tornado -- a nine year-old girl killed when the storm tore apart her elementary school.

Windy and rainy weather added to the somber atmosphere as Antonia Candelaria was buried Thursday. She was one of 24 people who died when the twister destroyed entire neighborhoods of the town near Oklahoma City.

Early estimates put the damage in Moore at $2 billion. Twelve-hundred homes were blown away or damaged. More than 300 people were injured.

Monday's storm was an EF-5 -- the top of the scale measuring the strength of tornadoes. Winds exceeded 320 kilometers per hour.

President Barack Obama plans to visit Moore Sunday.

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