Indiana native among the dead from Arkansas tornado

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A man who was born and raised in Indiana was killed in the severe weather that tore through the South this week.

Rob Tittle, 48, graduated from Southport High School in 1984. He lived in central Arkansas with his wife and their nine children. Two of his daughters, one 14 and the other 20 years old, also lost their lives in the storms.

He was trying to get them to safety when the twister hit.

Shawna Kaffenberger Boas attended high school with him at Southport.

"He died protecting his family. That was him. He would have done everything you could to make sure they're safe, even if that meant sacrificing himself," she said.

While he graduated three years ahead of her, he had an impact on her life, both at school and through youth group.

"His presence in my life probably kept me from getting into trouble as a kid in high school and brought god into my life and showed me a good example of someone to look up to and how you can get through high school and still keep your head on straight and make good grade," she said.

"As a mother it just breaks my heart that his wife had to come out of that mess finding out that she lost two children and her husband and their house is gone they've lost everything," she said.

Visitation and funeral arrangements have been set for later this week in Little Rock.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Roller-Chenal Funeral Home at 13801 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.

Burial will be Friday at 9:30 am at  Fellowship Bible Church, located at 1401 Kirk Rd in Little Rock.

Click here to see a Facebook page for the family.

A Little Rock church has also set up a donation page for the family. Click here to go to that page.