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Enterprise remembers lives lost in 2007 tornado

ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) -

It was an emotional day in Enterprise as the city remembered nine lives lost in a tornado that swept through the area five years ago.

The storm killed 8 Enterprise High School students--destroying a section of the school.

It also killed an elderly woman that lived in a nearby neighborhood.

A church sanctuary and a school lobby served as places of remembrance.

The services started at Hillcrest Baptist Church--just yards from the site where the deadly tornado ripped through Enterprise High.

"It's like it was literally yesterday," says Jessica Burgess.

Afterwards, a private ceremony at the new high school was held just for family members--hanging wildcat paws on the wall for each student killed by the storm.

"They'll remember what was sacrificed that day.  The way life changed that day," says Donna Tompkins.

Bill Tompkins and his wife Donna lost their 17-year old son Mikey when the storm struck. Bill says it feels like forever since he's held Mikey. A memorial at the new school helps with the healing process

"It's good when you lose someone to hear their name to know they're remembered," says Bill.

Loved ones say not a day goes by that they don't think about the tragic events of March 1st, 2007. But they do say with each day, pride for their city of Enterprise grows more and more.

"Pride that our children were brought up the way they were and that our children loved the school they went to," says Tim Jackson, who also lost his son A.J.

While the community reflects on the lives lost that day, they also focus on the future--knowing their city is forever changed by a tragedy never to be forgotten.

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