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TODAY   |  October 02, 2013

Community rallies around sole rockslide survivor

Police have now recovered all the bodies buried underneath the tons of rubble from a rockslide in central Colorado, and the community of Buena Vista is rallying around the sole survivor, a teenage girl who lost her mother, father, sister and two cousins in the tragedy. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>>> authorities in colorado recovered the bodies of all five hikers after the deadly rock slide over the weekend. the community is rallying around the sole survivor . gabe gutierrez has more.

>> reporter: overnight, a tribute to a family lost in an instant.

>> definitely shock, forever. i can't imagine that going away.

>> reporter: in central colorado this morning, the shock still settling in. five bodies, all relatives, just recovered after a massive rock slide monday on a popular hiking trail . adam rogers called 911.

>> it was terrifying. i've never seen anything like that before.

>> reporter: the father, dewayne johnson, his wife donna coached track. their oldest daughter a high school senior . her cousins, were visiting from missouri. the sole survivor , 13-year-old gracie johnson is nursing a broken leg at a hospital near denver. sheriff's deputies say her father shielded her from 100 ton boulders.

>> that would be dewayne. family first. his son first.

>> reporter: today this mountain town is