MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT) Victims of the April 27th, 2011 storms in north Alabama reported feeling sick while watching the devastating tornadoes rip through Oklahoma on Monday.
As we first reported months after the deadly storms of April 27, 2011 that fateful day changed the lives of so many in north Alabama. But, one family decided to turn their pain into a public memorial.
Gilwood Park in Monrovia, which pays tribute to all thirteen victims who died in Madison and Limestone counties, is now well established as a place survivors can come to remember their loved ones.
Ken and Cindy Mitchell decided to create the park after losing their daughter, Shannon Sampson, in the killer tornado that hit Harvest. Sampson and the twelve other victims all have a plaque placed in their honor on objects scattered throughout the park. The pavilion, playground, floral arrangements and just about everything else was donated.