Heather Johnson, another teacher who lived with Small's family for a time, said that Jeremiah Small was deeply interested in his students.
"He was so interested in each individual student and making sure they felt the love of God in their lives," she said.
Caleb Small said one of his brother's recent projects had been working with students to create a library in Sulaimaniyah. The family is setting up a memorial fund to accept contributions for the library, which students decided to name after him Thursday, Caleb Small said.
Medes student Neyan Kamal said Small was highly respected, and described Sarwar as smart.
"I'll never forget these cruel moments," said Kamal, who was in the classroom during the shooting. "I have no idea what the motive was — both were good people."
Johnson reported from Seattle. He can be reached at https://twitter.com/GeneAPseattle.
Kaminsky can be reached at https://twitter.com/jekaminsky
AP reporters Lara Jakes and Yahya Barzanji in Iraq, and Travis Loller in Nashville, Tenn., contributed.