Did you check Google Photos to see you had backed up them there?
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This is heartbreaking to hear, PeachyT. Ann154 is on the right track in regards to having your photos backed up. Google is one of those sneaky places poeple forget sometimes that may have a backup of your photos. Do you know if you were using the Verizon Cloud to back up your device as well?
You can check for your photos there by going to Apps > Cloud and once loaded any backed up content will show there. Sadly if the photos were not backed up there is no way to recover them.
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