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    Moore, Oklahoma Holds First Funeral of Tornado Victim

    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
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    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.

    Photo gallery of tornado recovery in Moore, Oklahoma
    • President Barack Obama talks with Julie Lewis, her husband Scott Lewis, and their son Zack, a third-grader at the destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School seen in the background, Moore, Oklahoma, May 26, 2013.
    • Rae Kittrell holds her son Rylan, who turned one-year-old two days after the tornado, a block away from her house in Moore, Oklahoma, May 22, 2013.
    • Chad Allcox, left, helps his friend Kevin McElvany, right, the home owner, clear debris away from his destroyed home from Monday's tornado, Moore, Oklahoma, May 22, 2013.
    • Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball player Kevin Durant walks past tornado-damaged homes in a neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma, May 22, 2013.
    • Jordan Humphrey, a 6th grader at tornado-damaged Briarwood elementary school, shows his mother Mary and his brother Jacob his soggy yearbook after his backpack was retrieved for him by a firefighter in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 22, 2013.
    • A sign reads "God Bless Moore" as workers make repairs to the Warren theater in Moore, Oklahoma, which was left devastated by a tornado, May 22, 2013.
    • A soggy American flag hangs in a broken window at Wayne Osmus' home in Moore, Oklahoma. Osmus' family hid in a closet Monday after winds kept them from taking refuge in the storm shelter.
    • Charles Taber opens the two-week old storm shelter that saved his life in the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 22, 2013.
    • Farmers Insurance worker, Paul Gaipo, looks through tornado-damaged cars at a destroyed strip mall, May 22, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma.
    • A search-and-rescue team from Tennessee searches a field, May 22, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma.
    • Susan Kates salvages items from a friend's tornado-ravaged home, May 22, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma.
    • Claudia Clark clears tornado debris from a cemetery, May 22, 2013, in Moore, Oklahoma.

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