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Fort Wayne woman loses life in storm; ‘bear-hugged’ great grandchild to save him from high winds

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Isabel Atencio MOBILE HOME FATAL 8 11 2020
73-year old Isabel Atencio died of blunt force injuries when her mobile home flipped in Monday's storms. She lay on top of her 4-year old great grandson to keep him safe from flying objects.
FATAL MOBILE HOME 8 11 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Loved ones of an older woman who died when powerful winds flipped her mobile home are grateful for the woman's courage in protecting a great grandchild that was also in peril.

73-year old Isabel Atencio died of blunt force injuries when her home in the Oak Creek Estates Mobile Home Park blew over and crashed into another mobile home next to it.

Atencio was found clutching her four-year old great grandson.

The boy was not seriously hurt.

We talked to a granddaughter, who is also the mother of the boy who was being cared for at the time by Atencio.

"She is definitely my hero, yeah, she earned her wings for sure last night. I'm very grateful and thankful for her," said Kaylee Shaw.

"We all loved Isabel, she was a kind-hearted person, she would do anything for you, and I'm really at a loss for words right now, because already I miss her so much," said Marsha Pond, a neighbor who lived across the street from Atencio.

Atencio had lived in the mobile home park for about 17 years.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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