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Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma mourns three generations of the Horse family

CARNEGIE, Okla. - Three generations of Kiowa lost their lives as the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin moved through Oklahoma Aug. 19.

Chairman Billy Evans Horse mourns the loss of his wife, Dorita Horse, 77; daughter, Helen Horse, 37; and Rose Saddleblanket, 17. The Dodge Caravan in which the three women were riding was swept away in floodwaters on Highway 58 south of Carnegie in the early morning hours of Aug. 19.

The three women were following Billy Evans Horse on their way home from a pow wow in Lawton when, according to local media reports, he warned his family to slow down by a bridge where the floodwaters had reached depths of four and five feet. He tried to stop them, but the current grabbed the van and he watched helplessly from his stalled truck.

Rescuers began searching at daylight, using johnboats, divers and sonar. As the Horse family waited nearby, searchers recovered the bodies of the three women still in the van. A funeral was held for them Aug. 23.

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