Joplin holds moment of silence for tornado victims

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Crowds of people across Joplin held a moment of silence in remembrance of the tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri city a week ago.

Hundreds gathered at Cunningham Park on Sunday, in between wrecked cars and twisted poles, for the moment of silence at 5:41 p.m., to mark the first report of the tornado. Many in the crowd wore white T-shirts emblazoned, "Joplin's Heart Will Sing Again."

After the moment, the crowd listened to "Sing Again," a song composed by a Virginia musician for the city.

City Manager Mark Rohr also told the crowd that the Joplin will rebuild. He said: "You have my word on it."

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