Man Lost Wife, Grandchild in Davidson Co. Tornado | News
Steve Shaw was driving home from work Wednesday as a tornado was unknowingly destroying his home. His wife and 3-year-old grandchild were home at the time, and neither of them would make it.
Janice Shaw, 50, and Azlyn Shaw, 3, died as a tornado passed through Meadow Run Lane. The tornado packed winds of at least 100 miles an hour, according to early National Weather Service estimates.
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"Losing two people at once--it's hard. I'm still numb to all this," Steve said.
Shaw made the heart-dropping discovery when he started pulling into his house.
"I saw the floodlights. I looked straight across to where my house was, and I didn't see anything. I knew it was bad. You see this a lot on TV, but you never, ever thought this would happen to you," Steve said.
Janice was already at the hospital when Steve arrived, and she was later pronounced dead there. Firefighters told him she had been pinned in the home.
Steve told firefighters Azlyn also lived there, and they immediately began a search. About 10 minutes later, a firefighter found her body 25 yards away from the home. The spot is now marked with an American flag.
"I never got to be with my wife when she died. When I was here when they found my granddaughter, I went with her," Steve said.
Neighbors and friends said the tornado did all of its damage quickly.
"It just came up all at once. As soon as it came, it was gone again," said Jerry Miller, who worked with the couple.
"I heard a sound that I had never heard before," said Vinson Hensley, neighbor. "It sounded like a train was coming right through (my) house. I just feel sorry for the family."
The only part of Shaw's home that remained was the foundation. The tornado threw almost everything into nearby woods. Some debris was found several feet above the ground in branches.
Family members came to the home Thursday to help Steve gather some pictures and belongings. Steve will be staying with family in town, and the Red Cross is also helping him out.