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Ja'Nae Hornsby, Plaza Towers Elementary School Student, Reportedly Dead After Oklahoma Tornado

05/21/2013 04:27 pm ET | Updated May 22, 2013

Nine-year-old Ja'Nae Hornsby was confirmed dead by multiple news sources following a tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday.

Ja'Nae's father confirmed the girl's death to KJRH on Tuesday, telling the news station that her body was found in the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Ja'Nae's grandmother confirmed to KOCO 5 on Tuesday that the family was informed at 9 a.m. that the girl's body was at the medical examiner's office. KOCO 5 also noted a conversation a reporter had with the family Monday night, as they continued to search for her:

Janae's father described her as a vivacious, lovable little girl who loves to play and always has a smile on her face.

Nine children and 24 people total have been confirmed dead as of Tuesday afternoon. According to Reuters, seven of the deceased children died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The 2-mile wide tornado left hundreds more injured, and the death toll may continue to climb.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this entry misspelled KJRH.

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