Buffalo, New York
Casey McCarron’s mother has always been a superwoman of sorts, but even then, when Monique Alexander decided to go out on Christmas Eve, McCarron worried.
On any other day it would have been a simple decision, but A blizzard was coming – It will leave parts of western New York under more than 50 inches of snow.
He told CNN that McCarron was already worried after seeing announcements about store closings on Facebook.
But her mother wanted out, and Alexander, 52, said she would return without specifying where she was going. McCarron, who has lived with Alexander since August, said she assumed her mother was trying to get to the stores before they closed.
Alexander never took it back. His body was found a few hundred feet away from the house.
“We were waiting for her to come home. I knew something was wrong, so I accepted it right away, but it’s hard to know that she’s also been out that long because none of the emergency responders were allowed to come out,” McCarron said, speaking outside her family’s home Wednesday.
Alexander had been through severe storms before and she walked everywhere.
“She’s always been made to feel like superwoman and invincible, so I assume she thought she could handle the conditions,” McCarron said. “There was really nothing to say to my mother, she was going to do what she wanted to do. I suppose she thought she was strong enough for that.
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Alexander left around 3 p.m., and a few hours later, McCarron posted about her mother on a Facebook group for Buffalo residents enduring the increasingly devastating weather. About 15 minutes later, a stranger texted her and described her mother’s coat and blue jeans. She confirms it’s Alexander and asks if he saw her.
“Can I call you?” Macaron asked her.
Once in a video chat, he immediately broke down. The man said he was stranded and was walking when he saw Alexander in the snow. He moved her body out of limb, under the awning of a business that wasn’t buried under snow.
Later, the National Guardsmen recovered his body. Alexander was at least one 37 people died in Erie County17 of them were found outside, officials said, and even if they add up, the total will surely rise.
McCarron said the family had lost its rock and someone they could call on for everything.
“My children lost their grandmother, who was the most important role in her life … being a good grandmother,” she said. “Now they only have memories.”