Williams says his family believes in the power of prayer, unlike "those who say prayer is a useless act". "Aside from perhaps driving by and seeing it was a bank, we have no known evidence that he targeted this bank for any particular reason".
Not all victims have been identified, and the families of the ones who have, have not yet been notified, the Times added. "She made it a better place".
Ana Piñon-Williams, a 38-year-old mother of seven, was also a victim, according to her brother-in-law, Tim Williams. "Living without her will be hard".
Hoglund identified two of the victims: customer Cynthia Watson and bank employee Marisol Lopez.
The other two victims, ages 31 and 54, have not been named, per relatives' wishes.
Hoglund said the gunman "overtook the bank by force".
Law enforcement officials surround the premises.
Xaver, 21, was charged Thursday with five counts of premeditated murder. Thursday morning, he wore a black-and-white striped prison uniform as he was appointed a public defender and ordered held without bond. 'We attempt to make sense of a senseless act.
As the chaotic scene unfolded both directions of USA 27, the city's main thoroughfare, were blocked off and nearby schools were placed on lockdown.
On Twitter, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wrote: "This is a awful day for Sebring, Highlands County and for the state of Florida".
The scene unfolded at the SunTrust Bank along USA 27, south of Lake Jackson.
After negotiators failed to convince the suspect to leave the bank, the Highlands county sheriff's office swat team entered the building and continued to talk to the gunman, police said.
A bank employee escaped a massacre that killed five women at a SunTrust branch in Florida, running out a back door when the gunfire began, according to a sheriff's office. A SWAT team had him in custody a short time later.
Video later emerged showing Xaver being "perp walked" in handcuffs to a police vehicle in the parking lot. Images of an assault rifle and a scythe are on the back.
"He wasn't raised to be like this. He's always been a good kid", Josh Xaver said.
"This is a total shock", he said.
Zephen Xaver moved to Florida about a year ago, the older man said.
Zephen Xaver, 21, "for some reason always hated people and wanted everybody to die", Alex Gerlach told WSBT-TV in IN, shortly after Wednesday's massacre in Sebring.
Watson's widower, Tony Watson, said they married 23 days ago and that she was "very hard working, she never stopped and she took care of everyone".
"I can't comprehend it right now".
"I never understood where it started".
"I'm just sad that he didn't get the help he needed because this could have been prevented", the unidentified friend said.
Mayor John Shoop, the community president of CenterState Bank in Highlands, echoed: "Our hearts go out to the individuals that lost their lives and to all their family, friends and co-workers".
Xaver was hired in November at the Avon Park Correctional Institution, but resigned this month without explanation, spokesman Patrick Manderfield said.
As NPR has reported, Zephen Xaver was an online student of Utah-based Stevens-Henager College from September until December 2018, when he withdrew.
In a statement, SunTrust chief executive Bill Rogers said the company was "deeply saddened by the tragic shooting".