The outpouring of grief surrounding the Salon Meritage massacre has now contributed to a shrine-like scene just outside the business.
Although police had not officially identified the victims Thursday afternoon, word had spread that Salon Meritage owner Randy Fannin was among the dead.
"He was just a super guy," said a tearful Debbie Johnson. "He made everybody feel like you were his best friend."
Johnson said she knew Randy Fannin for 35 years. Her tribute was written in chalk outside the salon on the sidewalk, just a few feet from where he worked.
"He always had this door open right here, because his station was right here," said Johnson, pointing to the familiar place.
Most mourners said their grief was still too fresh to talk about openly.
Salon customer Ana Cholo was still in shock, although she was one of the lucky ones. She had learned earlier that her stylist survived.
"She's alive," said Cholo. "I'm grateful for that, very grateful."
The tragedy touched hundreds of customers and all the families. Debbie Johnson said it seems as if she’s lost a member of her family.
"It was a bright spot in my day every time I came to have my hair done," she said.