Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 26, 2015
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Daniel Wassom II is pictured with his wife, Suzanne, and their two daughters, Lorelai, seated, now 6, and Sydney, now 8. Daniel Wassom was killed in the April 27, 2014, tornado as he knelt over Lorelai in the hallway of their home in Vilonia. The family’s home in Parkwood Meadows was destroyed, and Suzanne has donated the lot to the city of Vilonia. The property will be turned into a memorial park dedicated to Wassom and the seven other Vilonia tornado victims. “It just seems like it’s been a couple of months. … It doesn’t seem like it’s been a year,” Suzanne said.

One year later

Lot where airman died to become memorial park

VILONIA — Suzanne Wassom came back to Vilonia in December and visited the concrete slab that used to be the site of her family’s home before a tornado tore it apart and took her husband’s life. “I went out there by myself and just sat out there, and it was peaceful,” Wassom said. “I wasn’t sad out there; it wasn’t depressing like when you go to the cemetery. At my property, it felt like memories, good memories. I feel like that’s where ... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

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FRONT & CENTER

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

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FLAVOR

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CALENDAR

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