CHICAGO -- Across the country today, families and friends held remembrances for the victims of last Sunday’s mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
21-year-old Cory James Connell was leaving the club with his girlfriend when the gunman walked in and opened fire.
Connell's girlfriend survived, but he did not.
"When we got the news Cory was taken from us, it was more than we could bear," said Jerry Connell, Cory Connell's grandfather. "The first question we asked was ‘why, and why Cory?’ I had no answers for myself or for my family, and the only thing I could do was cry out to God."
In another ceremony, loved ones gathered to say goodbye to 25-year-old Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, who moved to Orlando three years ago to pursue a career as a choreographer.
And in Puerto Rico, the bodies of Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez and Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon arrived home Saturday. Funerals for the men will both be held tomorrow in their hometowns.
Meanwhile in San Juan, family gathered for the funeral of 33-year-old Rodolfo Ayala, who lived in Florida and worked as a supervisor at a blood donation center.
Two other funerals were also held in Florida, including for 32-year-old Joel Paniagua, and for Stanley Almodovar III, originally from Massachusetts, who worked in Florida as a pharmacy technician.
Today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced some, but not all, transcripts will be released tomorrow of the conversations the gunman had with authorities the night of the killings.
“He talked about American policy in some ways. The reason why we're going to limit these transcripts is to avoid re-victimizing those who went through this horror," Lynch said.
It’s a horror that will be remembered as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.