After returning to his church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Pastor Frank Pomeroy struggled to assess the carnage.
Twenty-six of his parishioners at First Baptist Church were dead. At least five married couples were dead. Eight members of one family were dead, three members of another.
His 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, was dead.
Just a week before, Pomeroy preached to his neighbors about the need to respond to the bends on the road of life. But when asked how he would counsel the relatives of the victims of the massacre, Pomeroy was unsure.
"I'm still working on that," he said outside the church Monday. "I don't understand, but I know my God does."
The victims from Sunday's shooting came from a small town, but represented a broad range of lives. The youngest was 18 months, the oldest was 77 years. One was an Air Force veteran, another a bartender. About half were children.
Multiple fatalities in Texas church shooting
Her parents were out of town, but Annebelle Pomeroy was still in church on Sunday, sitting beside her friends and neighbors when the shooting broke out.
That came as no surprise to her relatives since the 14-year-old was always eager to attend her church, usually sitting in the first pew to hear her father's sermons. Her cousin, Jason Mckey, told KHOU-TV she was a respectful soul who always tried to learn from her elders.
"She would sit Indian-style with her elbows on her knees and she would put her hands on her face and she would just look up at me and she’d just listen to everything I said," Mckey said.
Annabelle was the youngest child of Frank and Sharri Pomeroy and "one very beautiful, special child," her father told ABC News.
The Holcombe family
For all the mass shootings and terrorist attacks that have plagued the country in recent years, perhaps no family has suffered such a blow as the Holcombe family.
Three generations of the family were gunned down in the Texas church shooting, including a pastor about to address the church, four children, one pregnant mother and her unborn child.
All told, eight members of the Holcombe clan died.
There was Bryan Holcombe, an associate pastor at the church who was walking up to the pulpit to lead a prayer when the gunman stormed into the church, his parents told The Washington Post. His father, Joe Holcombe, said Bryan was born to preach: his first word was "God" and his first sentence was "See the light."
The pastor's wife, Karla Holcombe, was also gunned down. Their son, Marc Daniel Holcombe, was also killed as well as his baby daughter, Noah.
"I'm dumb-founded," Scott Holcombe, another son of the Holcombes, told The New York Times.
Then there was Crystal Holcombe, a pregnant mother of five who home-schooled her children. Her Facebook page, which has been turned into a page of remembrance, is filled with years of memories they shared together, from their pirate costumes for Halloween to their bake sale to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Crystal was killed, along with three of her children: Emily, Megan and Greg.
"Crystal was a breath of freash air," Rojean Staggs, who rented an apartment to the mother, told The Post. "She had a full house and just seemed to take to it beautifully."
The Ward family
When the shooting broke out, Joann Ward's reaction was immediate: she protected her children.
A friend of Ward's posted on Facebook that Ward "gave up her very life" by "shielding her babies from the shooter." Vonda Greek Smith, who described herself as a family spokesperson, described Ward as a sweet mother whose story needed to be shared.
Despite her efforts, Ward was killed along with two of her children: 5-year-old Brooke Ward and 7-year-old Emily Garza. Her son, Ryland Ward, 5, was shot multiple times, but was in a local hospital undergoing surgery, according the boy's uncle, Michael Ward.
"Joann was such a wonderful mother whose whole life was her children and family," John Alexander, an uncle, wrote on his Facebook page. "My heart is broken."
The Corrigan family
Nearly one year ago, Robert and Shani Corrigan held a memorial service at First Baptist Church in their adopted hometown of Sutherland Springs. They were honoring their 25-year-old son, Forrest, who committed suicide.
On Sunday, in that same church, the high school sweethearts were gunned down.
The two grew up in the same town in northern Michigan. He ran track, holding Harrison (Mich.) High School's record in the 2-mile for 25 years. He joined the Air Force, while she helped raised their three boys. Two of them, Preston and Benjamin, are now in the military.
"Everyone needs to know what a fine man he grew up to be," Patty Root, of Harrison, Mich., told the Detroit Free Press. "He did not come from a rich family — just a family that loved to help others."
Renee Haley, director of Veterans' Services for Clare County, Michigan, told The Arizona Republic that a Monday night vigil for the family in their hometown "had a great turnout." And he expressed his shock over the back-to-back tragedies to hit the Corrigan family.
"I am truly amazed at the strength of this amazing family, whose faith has not been shaken by this tragedy," Haley wrote.
The Rodriguez family
Richard Rodriguez had already gone through his share of heartache when he became a widow. The retired railroad worker eventually found a new life, marrying Theresa Rodriguez in 2006.
On Sunday, all that ended when the couple was shot and killed inside the church they attended each and every week.
“If they weren’t at church, they’d be in the backyard, working on a garden,” Richard's daughter, Regina Amador, told People Magazine. “They were amazing people.”
In the hours after the attack, Amador approached the barricades outside First Baptist Church to try and find out if her 51-year-old father was among the victims. At the time, she feared the worst, telling an Associated Press reporter: "I just lost my father."
After confirming the news, Amador huddled with relatives to try and make sense of what had happened.
"I lost my mom when I was 18," Amador told People. "It just sucks because I have to go through this again. I've just been crying and crying. I'm at my family’s now — my dad came from a big family, and had tons of sisters and brothers. We've just been sitting around a table, reminiscing, looking at pictures of them.
"I can't believe this is happening, but it's happening.”
The Marshall family
Sunday was Karen and Robert Scott’s first time visiting First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
They were looking for a new church after Karen finished an assignment at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and they moved to La Vernia, Texas, family members told the Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania. They were killed in Sunday’s shooting.
The couple met in the Air Force in North Carolina more than 30 years ago. Robert Scott, who went only by his middle name, retired from the Air Force in 1990 and worked as a civilian contractor. Karen, who was a master sergeant in the Air National Guard, was in the process of retiring, according to the Beaver County (Penn.) Times.
"When you see other people, you pray, and then when it hits so close to home, it rips your heart out," Scott’s sister Holly Hannum told the Times.
"This keeps happening again and again and again, and you know that your own family members you’ll never see again or be able to call again. It hurts. It breaks your heart."
They leave behind two daughters, a son and five grandchildren, according to the Tribune-Review.
Texas authorities said Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed himself after trying to escape the shooting, may have been sparked to action because of a "domestic situation" involving his relatives.
Lula White, 71, may have been one of the targets of his rage.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said Kelley was sending "threatening texts" to his mother-in-law. White's sister, Mary Mishler Clyburn, said that White was Kelley's grandmother-in-law during an interview with the New York Daily News.
Clyburn said she couldn't discuss the details of the investigation into Kelley's problems with his mother-in-law. Instead, she expressed her dismay that anybody could want to hurt White.
"My sister was a wonderful, caring person — a God-loving person," Clyburn said. "She loved the people in her church. They were all her best friends."
White's husband died a few months ago, according to Clyburn. Now the family must come to grips with White's death as well.
"The whole family is very devastated," Clyburn told the Daily News. "I don't know where we're going from here."
Haley Krueger decided to show up a bit early Sunday to help prepare breakfast for her fellow parishioners at First Baptist Church.
After all, helping was in her nature. Her mother, Charlene Uhl, told People Magazine that the 16-year-old wanted to be a nurse. Specifically, she wanted to a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit.
But shortly after Sunday's breakfast, Krueger was one of the victims.
"She was a vibrant 16-year-old that loved life," Uhl said. "She loved her church. She was always hyper and ready for anything. She had two nephews and adored both of them."
Tara Elyse McNulty was a bartender at The Aumont Saloon in Seguin, Texas, about 15 miles away from the church.
Kevin Koenen, the owner of the saloon, said in a Facebook post that McNulty was a kind-hearted person and a great employee.
He said her two children, Hailey and James, were wounded in the shooting and have a long road to recovery. Friends set up an online fundraiser, and are planning a benefit at The Aumont Saloon no Nov. 12, to help with funeral costs and medical expenses for her children.
"She was conscientious, engaging and always willing to do the little things," read a testimonial on an online fundraising page. "She was a sweet, kind and loving woman, mother and daughter and will be greatly missed by many."
The Johnson family
On Sunday evening, Dennis Johnson’s sister Sue Harris began posting on Facebook asking for prayers.
"Please pray for the church in Texas. My brother and his wife was there. No news yet," she wrote. Less than an hour later, she wrote that she heard they were shot but didn’t know how badly they were injured or what hospital they might be in.
Hours later, she wrote that family called hospitals and none had records of Dennis Johnson, 77, or his wife, Sara Johnson, 68. Monday morning, the news came.
"Found out my brother Dennis and Sara was found inside the church. God called them home together," Harris posted.
Harris confirmed their deaths to The Arizona Republic but declined to comment further.
They celebrated 44 years of marriage in July and had attended the Sutherland Springs church for more than a decade, according to a GoFundMe for their family.
Dennis was born in Rockford, Ill., and was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy Reserves and the Army National Guard. He served as a Seabee in Operation Desert Shield, according to the GoFundMe.
Sara was born in Jasper, Fla., and "devoted her life to caring for children, both as a loving grandmother and a volunteer in a church nursery for over 30 years." Most recently, she worked at Pfeil's Home and Garden.
They leave behind six children, "several beloved grandchildren, and were expecting 4 great-grand children," according to GoFundMe.
Contributing: Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press; Alan Gomez, USA TODAY.