Stats about the missing and the dead say so much about tragedies like the one that struck New Zealand—the reality comes through in harrowing texts, like that from 23-year-old Louise Amantillo. "Mommy, I got buried" she texted on Tuesday from the rubble of her collapsed language school in Christchurch, the AP reports. "Mommy, I can't move my right hand," went out about 40 minutes later.
Louise then called her mother briefly—"Her voice was shaking, like she was really scared. I know she was in pain," says her mother. A number of other messages came in over the next few hours, including "The smoke is overwhelming," before a final missive: "Please make it quick." Authorities believe almost no one under the ruins of the language school is still alive, but Amantillo's family is holding out hope.