While Lynn University parents continue to pray for their daughters, other parents across the U.S. have already heard the devastating news that their kids did not make it out alive.
The parents of Molly Hightower, 22, learned early late last week that their daughter had been found dead in the wreckage of an orphanage where she had been volunteering.
"Molly was a beautiful young lady," her uncle Craig Hightower told ABC News' Seattle affiliate KOMONews.com. "She had a great smile and clearly had a massive capacity for love and a big heart."
Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Kloos, who was visiting his sister Erin at the same orphanage where Hightower was working, also perished in the earthquake. Erin survived the earthquake.
"He was just the funniest smartest kid," his aunt Karie Dozer told ABC News' Pheonix affiliate ABC15.
"It is hard to grasp," she said. "We are focusing on Erin and the positive. It is hard to think about Ryan. It is just so sad."
Among stories of loss, there are also Americans who had miraculous recovering. One Colorado Springs man was rescued Friday from a hotel elevator shaft where he had been trapped for four days.
Dan Wooley, who had been traveling with Colorado Springs-based Compassion International, helped rescue workers pull him up with ropes out of the elevator in what had once been the Hotel Montana. Wooley and another man, believed to be Haitian, were both rescued and embraced each other from their adjacent cots.
New Jersey native Sarla Chand was also pulled from the Montana's rubble on Thursday.
Richard Santos and Jim Gulley, also pulled from the Hotel Montana, said they survived on what they had in their pockets -- Orbitz gum and a Tootsie Roll lollipop.