On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado with peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma, and adjacent areas, killing 23 people and injuring 377 others. The ferocious tornado — 1.3 miles wide at its peak — stayed on the ground for 39 minutes over a 17-mile path, crossing through a heavily populated section of Moore. Despite the tornado following a roughly similar track to the even deadlier 1999 Bridge Creek–Moore tornado, very few homes and neither of the stricken schools had purpose-built storm shelters.

The pic below is an aerial view of the damage inflicted on Moore.

Moore tornado

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9-year-old Nicolas McCabe was one of the victims of the tornado — one of seven third graders who died at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary School.

This is a pic of Nicolas McCabe:

Nicolas McCabe

Anne Thomas reports for the Christian Post that on July 4, 2013, one month and 13 days after the tornado took Nicolas’ life, the McCabe family took a photo of their young niece, Madison, waving a sparkler.

The McCabes say the photo clearly shows their niece at the front of the photo, and just behind her there is another figure who looks just like their son Nicolas.(I’ve added the arrows and names in yellow. -Eowyn)

Nicolas McCabe angel

Nicolas’ dad, Scott McCabe, told News 9: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Nicolas loved the Fourth of July and he loved firecrackers. My brother, when he saw it, he said the hair stood up on his neck. I was in awe. It touched my heart. It’s obviously not Madison. It’s obvious there are two people there or one person there and one spirit there. I feel it, you know. I feel it that he’s here.”

Scott also said that his son Nicolas was buried in his red Plaza Towers Elementary School T-shirt, and that same colored T-shirt can even be made out in the image of him behind Madison.

Despite some skeptics coming out to try and explain the image in other ways, Scott McCabe says, “They can say what they want. I believe. I believe he’s watching over us.”

The family believes Nicolas is now an angel.


Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds.