(WCNC) Ken Caldwell spoke through his tears Monday afternoon in the living room of his Lincoln County, North Carolina mobile home. He wanted to talk about his grandkids.
"I'll tell you what, that's one hardworking little rascal," he said of 7-year-old James Caldwell. Ken remembered the last thing he did with his grandson.
"He was so happy. Had that paint all over his fingers, just really enjoying that," he said. Sunday afternoon the two had worked on the backyard swing set.
Just hours later James was gone. He and his 6-year-old cousin, Chloe Arwood, were buried under hundreds of pounds of dirt.
"Another place asked me what was the look on my face when I looked at my grand kids. I said pride and pain 'cause this hurts," said Ken. "One instant they're playing and having fun, you know? And they're gone."