It was a disaster that should never have happened.
Several of the nine bus passengers who died in Wednesday's tragedy were laid to rest at Chosun University Hospital's funeral hall among them a teenage boy returning home from school and a loving mother.
"My mind went totally blank when I heard that my mom died. Just a blank a blank sheet of white paper."
The aunt of another victim at a different funeral home, tearful and denying the reality of the situation, questioned the safety precautions in place that led to a building collapse so close to a main road.
For others like her, group memorial service is being held in front of Dong-gu District's town hall.
"Here outside the District Office, mourners can gather till 10 PM every day for over a week to remember the innocent lives lost."
"What a sudden tragedy it was Breaks the nation's heart. Something like this should never happen again."
Wednesday's building collapse is the latest in a recent series of fatal safety accidents in South Korea that have left bereaved families desperately searching for answers.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News, Gwangju.