"To me, I loved all of those kids equally. I met every single one of them," said Young, a Rochester accountant.
After 48 hours of frantically calling, Dave got a call at 3 this afternoon that had horrible and better news. The horrible? 40 of the 200 school children he sponsors died. The better news? The school's leader and his best friend Dicksent Jeen Welch survived, along with 160 other children.
"They're walking wounded. They are various degrees of being hurt. They are waiting for food and water to get in," said Young. "They're hungry. They're thirsty. They're terrified."
Other information reached a University of Rochester dorm by computer, from a friend in Safira Amazan's native Haiti. For two days she had wondered: was her brother alive or dead?
"Somebody called, and they said they were fine. But the phone call got cut, because communication is terrible. All we could hear, is we are fine," said Amazan.
Even third hand information, that her brother was likely OK, changed her mood instantly.
"We are like so close it's not even funny. We are best friends. You know brothers and sisters who fight? That doesn't exist to us," said Amazan.
The dribbles of information are helpful, but they present new challenges. For Amazan, her attention turns to others whose status are unknown, like her father.
"It's so sad because I know so many people," said Amazan.
The challenge? To keep the kids alive, and then start school once again.
"We have nothing to go back to. We're going to have to move forward and find a new place to start over again," said Young.