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REPORT: Two Dozen Children Believed Dead in Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School

In an horrific update, 24 children are believed to be dead in a Moore elementary school following today's devastating tornado.

Shepard Smith just reported heartbreaking news from the local NBC affiliate. A reporter at the Plaza Towers Elementary School reported that up to two dozen children are believed to be trapped at the bottom of the school debris, and that the local authorities are turning from a search and rescue mission to a recovery mission.

Live Updates: Tornado Devastates Moore, Oklahoma

The NBC reporter said, “I understand they are going to start pulling these little bodies out of the rubble very soon.”

Moore Resident: ‘Prayers Very Much Appreciated Right Now’

The third graders had huddled in their “safe zone,” a school hallway.

UPDATE, 8:01p ET: Shepard Smith tells us that according to the same NBC reporter, 7 bodies have been recovered from the school. According to NBC's reporting, the victims drowned.

Emotional Coverage: Fires Rage After Tornado Destroys Moore, Okla.


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