On Sunday, a shooter opened fire inside the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Two people were killed before two members of the church's volunteer security team fatally shot the attacker.
Anton "Tony" Wallace, 64, and Richard White, 67, were killed in the shooting, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety told BuzzFeed News.
"We lost two great men today, but it could have been a lot worse, and I am thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves," Britt Farmer, the church's senior minister, told reporters on Sunday.
Wallace, 64, was a husband, father, and grandfather. He worked as a nurse, his daughter Tiffany Wallace told NBC DFW.
“He was amazing," she said. "He was a godly person, and even when we talked about going to heaven he always said, 'I’m always prepared.' But you never thought this would happen.”
Wallace was a deacon and a lifelong member of the church where he died, his daughter said.
She was with her father during the shooting, and she said he had just given communion in the back of the church when she saw a man she didn't recognize walk up to her father. Then, gunfire rang out, and she realized her dad had been shot.
“I ran toward my dad and the last thing I remember is him asking for oxygen and I was just holding him, telling him I loved him and that he was going to make it,” she said.
“He is a hero to me,” she added. “I’m just glad everybody’s OK. I know my dad is up there with his sister, his parents, in a wonderful place. Not in pain anymore… He’s just in peace now. I know he’s in good hands.”
Richard White, 67, was a father of three and had seven grandchildren. He was born in west Texas and was a sales manager at a manufacturing company, according to his Facebook and his family.
His daughter-in-law, Misty York White, described him as a "true hero" in a Facebook post.
"You have always been a hero to us but the whole world is seeing you as a hero now," she said. "We love you, we miss you, we are heartbroken."
In a statement on behalf of the family, York White described her father-in-law as a "lover of adventure and all things outdoors."
"He was a strong man of faith and a devoted member to the West Freeway Church of Christ community," his family said. "He also served as an active volunteer on the church’s security team. Rich constantly put others first and was always willing to help with a smile on his face."
Jay White, who identified himself on Facebook as Richard White's brother, also posted a message: "Our family will never be the same without you."
He wrote, "We lost an amazing man, husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend to many yesterday. You are our true hero."
Andrew Farmer, a college student, said White was "one of [his] grandfather's best friends."
"Thank you for showing us how to be a follower of Christ, and thank you for all of your sacrifices," Farmer said. "You're in a better place now."