Rayne tornado victim remembered 1 year later - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Rayne tornado victim remembered 1 year later

RAYNE, LA (AP) -

A prayer breakfast was held in remembrance of the victims of the tornado that killed 21 year old Jalisa Granger and displaced hundreds of residents of Rayne, Louisiana on March 5, 2011.

Residents of Rayne told KPLC that they remember hearing the tornado rip through their community between 8:30am and 9:30am. 

Granger was killed when a large portion of a tree crashed through the home she shared with her toddler son, mother and brother. 

Cathy Guidry, Jalisa Granger's mother, was amongst those who prayed with family members for all the victims of the tornado. "Jalisa was the only person who died as a result of that tornado but she died saving her son," Guidry said.  "She felt the power of that tornado and she [Jalisa] threw herself on top of her 1 year old to protect him from that tree." "My baby [Jalisa] was an organ donor who was able to give her tissue to a firefighter and her eyes to another person," Guidry said.

Jalisa Granger was pronounced dead at American Legion hospital in Crowley.

Granger is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery on E. Betty St. in Rayne.

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