One man protected his wife and granddaughter before he was fatally shot; another was killed during an outing with his beloved son.
Stories of bravery and loss are emerging from the shootings that took more than 30 lives in
A shooter opened fire at a Walmart store in the
Here are the stories of some of the victims:
An account of self-sacrifice emerged Monday involving a grandfather who died in the mass shooting in
"He saved them," Melendez said. "He pushed them underneath." Johnson's wife was unavailable to describe the events firsthand.
"I hope she didn't get to see anything and that she's not affected later on," he said.
"I mean you didn't even have to be there to talk to her. You could just look at how she was, how she acted, how she presented herself. She was an awesome lady," he said. "You see Margie, more or less, was the brains of the family."
Basco said he and Reckard knew there was something between them as soon as they met, and their life together was like something out of a fairy tale. Reckard was the strong one, he said, and she's "going to be missed a lot."
"We were gonna live together and die together," he said. "That was our plan."
The district said it had been in contact with his family and sent condolences.
"He told me my cousin had made eye contact with the shooter and they were in the bank and as soon as the shooter walked in, he grabbed my cousin. He says he saw the shooter shoot him," Chavez said.
The school district said counselors would be available, and a vigil was set for Monday night at the high school's football stadium.
Benavides, who was born and raised in
"I spent my childhood waking up at their house, sitting out on the front porch with him on Sunday mornings, listening to the oldies on the radio," said Luna, who described him as kind and generous.
"From the baby's injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him," she said. "So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that's why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life."
Jordan, a mother of three, and
On Sunday night,
"I love the guy," Azzam said in a phone interview from
"It makes you question your faith almost," said Azzam, who is Muslim. "But God didn't have a part in it. The hands of man altered my friend's life in a drastic way."
"Working numerous jobs at the same time to feed her family, life was hard. Through her hard work her children all became strong but extremely caring and compassionate and productive members of our community," he wrote.
Hallberg described his grandmother as praying daily, attending mass regularly at her
"She made the very best red beans and rice and red chili pozole. She always had a hot pot of fresh coffee for her visitors and a quick meal," he wrote.
The group was leaving a club when Fudge was shot, his brother said.
"Even though that was a tragic incident, I thank God that he got to be there with his son. And I'm saddened that it happened the way it happened but at least he was with family, you know, with the one he loved the most in this world," he said.
Fudge was known for wanting to assist others at the
"Every day, I remember him popping his head in and being, like, 'Hey,
THOMAS McNICHOLS: FATHER OF FOUR
Known by the nickname "TeeJay," 25-year-old
After McNichols got off work from a factory on Saturday, Johnson told the
McNichols' children, two girls and two boys, range in age from 2 to 8, she said.
"Everybody loved him. He was like a big kid," Johnson said. "When all of the movies come out - Batman, Black Panther - he would get all his nephews and take them to the movies."
A native of
"He was a very good guy," Khamis said.
A father of three, Saleh was originally from
He said Saleh's friends and family were thankful for the support they had received from the
"She was just a very positive person," Seaton told
Her LinkedIn profile said she received an associate's degree from
Brickhouse was also part of Two Good Girls, an event planning and catering business, according to her Facebook page.
Brown told the
"She was always supportive, always checked on me," he said. "She had a good heart and would do anything for anyone. She was overall a great person to know and be around."
A classmate remembered
"She always had a smile on her face," Brickler said.
"It's harder for me to wrap my head around why he would do this to someone, his sister."
"Nicholas was dedicated to caring for others," university President
The family released a statement through a relative saying they are "heartbroken by the loss of our Nicholas" and asking for privacy.
Cumer had been in
"He was well liked and respected by everyone on our team, and we all will miss him very much," the organization said in a statement. Cumer was a week away from completing his internship.
Derasha Merrett told the
"She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful person," Merrett said. "I have cried so much, I can't cry anymore."
Merrett said she and her cousin grew up in the same church and that Oglesby worked at her children's day care center.
"We all grew up in this little town," Merrett said. "We're all family."
Just days past his 30th birthday,
"Everyone loved Logan," she said. "He was a happy-go-lucky guy."
Turner said her son was out with a few friends when he was shot just outside a bar in
Turner had a degree from
Turner's mother said he had recently started working as a machinist at a company in
This story has been corrected to reflect that Brickhouse and not Warren-Curtis had recently relocated to