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Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Jasmine Fuller at her rental home on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.

The last conversation Jasmine Fuller had with her fiance was about her fear of thunder as she lay in bed next to him, trying to sleep.

It was Easter Sunday, and she had cooked a big meal - ham, macaroni and cheese, collard greens - and Raffael Jenkins said he was so full it made him tired. He had to be up for work at 5 a.m. the next day, so had gone to sleep early that night.

"Everything was normal," Fuller said. "I didn't know that there was a tornado coming or anything. Nothing came up on my phone. I just thought it was a storm."

Jenkins was still fast asleep when heavy winds caused a tree to fall on the home they rented on Wilcox Boulevard, which they shared with their 4-year-old daughter, Ja'zelle, and Fuller's son Jamauri, 11, and daughter Sumaiyah, 7.

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