Family, friends share memories of victims

Family, friends share memories of victims”

Since Pastor Frank Pomeroy was out of town, Bryan Holcombe filled in as guest pastor at First Baptist Chuch of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Within seconds last Sunday morning, eight members of the Holcombe family lost their lives inside one of their favorite places to be: their church. Bryan Holcombe was walking up to the pulpit when the shooting began, according to The Post.

John Holcombe, Sarah's brother, sustained gunshot and shrapnel wounds in his legs but survived along with two of his children, according to the Daily Beast.

Marc Daniel Holcombe, who went by Danny, was a clone of his father, a colleague told The New York Times.

Their son Marc Daniel Holcombe, gone.

Holcombe's wife, Karla, was in attendance as well as their children and grandchildren.

Widowed and left with five children in 2011, Crystal, 36, had met John Holcombe at the church, where he taught Sunday school and managed the audio system.

Two days after the shooting, we are learning more about the lives of the 26 people who died.

An unborn child is one of the 26 victims of Devin Patrick Kelley's shooting rampage at a Texas church, officials said Tuesday.

Rojean Staggs, who said she had rented an apartment to Crystal Holcombe, told the Washington Post, "Crystal was a breath of fresh air". "This just all seems like it's not real". She had been married to John Holcombe for just a few years, The Post reported.

"It's of course going to be hard", Joe Holcombe told The Post, adding, "They're in heaven". He told ABC News that his daughter was "one very attractive, special child".

Robert and Shani Corrigan were high school sweethearts from Northern Michigan. Joann's 5-year-old son Ryland was shot four times in the attack and flown by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio where he underwent surgery, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Mike Coon, who grew up with Robert Corrigan and graduated with Robert and Shani, told the newspaper, "They were trying to deal with the loss of a child ... Now this?" Coon said he "can't imagine" how the other two children are coping. RICHARD RODRIGUEZRichard Rodriguez, 51, is also among the dead, according to ABC News.

Three of Elliot's family members, who were there when the gunman opened fire survived the tragedy. "They're having to lean on each other to get through this". His daughter said he was always the center of attention.

The young girl's mother, Sherri, wrote in a text message to the AP, "We lost our 14-year-old daughter today and many friends", she wrote.

"My best friend, my souls sister..." Backus added: "I love and will miss you Aunt Lula Woicinski White". "My heart is broken", she wrote.

Annabelle "was one very attractive, special child", Pomeroy told ABC News by phone. Hundreds of shell casings and 15 magazines that hold 30 rounds were found at the church, authorities said.

The church family was very close, Sherry Pomeroy said.

"We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshipped together". Now most of our church family is gone, our building probably beyond fix and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday.

She said her father was "country", and her oldest son liked to wear the same style of trousers, boots and hats as his grandfather.

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