LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Indiana native was killed Sunday during a stretch of severe weather across the South.
Rob Tittle was a 1984 graduate of Southport High School. He and two of his daughters -- 20-year-old Tori and 14-year-old Rebecca -- were killed during a tornado in Arkansas.
Tittle’s wife survived the storm along with seven of their nine children, including an 8-month-old baby.
"There’s 11 of them, and those kids, their parents were awesome because those kids just reflected them. So well-mannered, so well-behaved. Fun, loving, positive. Their faith in God is what held that family together," family friend Shelly Linn said.
Friends of the Tittle family said the deaths will impact everyone in the community.
While friends and family mourned Tittle in Arkansas, his family in Indiana was also grieving.
Tittle’s big brother, Mike Tittle, said Rob was the youngest of four and graduated from Ball State University.
Rob moved to Arkansas more than a decade ago where he and his wife raised their family, Mike said.
Rob’s widow, Kerry, was the one who found Rob and their two daughters lying lifeless in the debris.
"We think it was actually the propane tank that broke loose or I think, what she told me was that it had swung by and basically hit them at a hundred miles an hour and just wiped them out, but she said that whole sequence of events took four seconds. So basically they went from inside their house to her house being gone and her family being devastated in a four-second period," Mike Tittle said.
Mike said he planned to leave for Arkansas early Thursday morning for funeral services that were scheduled for later in the week.
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