Brothers and friends lost
On Sunday evening, representatives recited prepared remarks from some grieving families.
One speaker said that Doug and Robert Snokhous "were much more than brothers. They were lifelong friends."
The siblings lived a half-mile from each other in West, and both worked at Central Texas Iron Works in Waco. Doug had been there for 30 years; Robert had just reached his 20th year at the company.
"They were always together and we are comforted that they were together in the end," the family said.
The family of volunteer firefighter Jerry Chapman said that "other firemen and women survived because of the action he took."
Chapman wanted to "live on the edge," according to a statement read for reporters, and "his faith in God and fellow firefighters gave him the strength to lay down his life for others."
Chapman "died a hero," his family believes.
An obituary for the Dallas firefighter who lived in West, "Luckey" Harris, said he loved offshore fishing with his sons and spending time on his boat, the "Boots Up." He had been married, the obit says, for 28 years.
CNN is working to confirm the names of others who died.
Also a picture of the injured was beginning to emerge, as some hospital officials released details Monday.
Two patients were still in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, officials said.
Thirty-nine patients had been treated and released from Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro.
Of the 28 patients admitted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, seven remained there Monday.
Five of those patients were in the intensive care unit, officials said.
There were also two young "trauma" patients at a children's hospital in Temple.
CNN was still trying to gather information from other hospitals in the area that tended to the wounded from last week's explosion.
Consolation in church
Meanwhile on Sunday, as parishioners streamed out of St. Mary's Catholic Church after Sunday's service, Father Boniface Onjefu hugged and consoled his congregants, and gave reassuring smiles and high fives to the church's youngest members.
"West is a strong city. We shall definitely overcome this tragedy," Onjefu told those assembled at his church, about a mile from the explosion site. Several members of St. Mary's were killed or injured battling the blaze, Onjefu told CNN.
During the service, the priest told congregants what he saw on that awful day. He had just returned to the rectory when he heard the blast.
"I thought it was an earthquake," he said. The lights flickered on and off as his small two-story brick residence shook from the explosion.
Onjefu said that when he headed outside, he was awestruck by a large, dark plume of smoke rising on the north side of town. He got into his car and drove toward it.
The priest was one of the first to arrive in the destroyed part of town. He immediately began helping remove victims from a severely damaged nursing home. He told his congregants that he had witnessed "fear in the eyes" of people walking the streets of West.
The church's parking lot became a staging area, of sorts, for police and first responders who have flooded the north central Texas community since the blast.