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Chandra Fields and Bryan Sweatt with their 7-month-old daughter (Source: Facebook) Chandra Fields and Bryan Sweatt with their 7-month-old daughter (Source: Facebook)
A small memorial sits in front of the home where six people died Tuesday in Greenwood County. (Source: Brett Buffington) A small memorial sits in front of the home where six people died Tuesday in Greenwood County. (Source: Brett Buffington)
The scene of the mass murder-suicide. The scene of the mass murder-suicide.
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GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The healing process has just begun for the community of Greenwood County and the victims' families. Family members of the accused gunman said they are heartbroken.

People of all ages are grieving the six lives lost during a massacre inside a Greenville County home Tuesday. 9-year-old Tydasia Brown rode the bus with the two young victims.

"I'm sad, because that was my friend," said Brown.

Sheriff Tony Davis says Bryan Sweatt killed two children, his ex-girlfriend and her parents before turning the gun on himself.

Deputies say Sweatt let four children escape before he opened fire, including his 7-month-old daughter that he shared with Chandra Fields. Those children showed up on a neighbor's doorstep.

In a 911 call, that neighbor said, "I got four kids at the door that say someone just killed their momma."

Why those children were spared, and not the others is just one of Sweatt's family's many questions.

"I don't know where he got the gun from. Where did he get the gun from?" asked Otis Sweatt.

Sweatt's grandfather and aunt said Sweatt told them he wanted custody of his 7-month-old daughter.

"He was disturbed by the baby because he wanted to see that baby. Yes, he was facing time but he wanted to spend time with that baby before he did go do time," said Betty Smith.

They said they're heartbroken for the family.

"Bryan, I know in the long run he did what he should have never did," said Smith.

But they said they too lost someone in that tragedy.

"I feel sorry for that family down there and I pray for them, but we need people to pray for us because we're going through hard times too."

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