Guest pastor and extended family of 8 died in church shooting

Extended Holcombe family. (KETK)
Extended Holcombe family. (KETK)

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — 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.

Holcombe’s wife, Karla, was in attendance as well as their children and grandchildren. A total of nine people from the extended Holcombe family, who are all from the nearby town of Floresville, were at the church.

Bryan and Karla Holcombe’s two sons, Danny (Marc) Holcombe and John Holcombe were there. John was there with his wife, Crystal, who was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Crystal’s five children from a previous relationship were also in attendance. Three of the children died; the other two were injured. John survived. Authorities are counting Crystal’s unborn child as one of the deceased victims.

John’s brother, Danny, died along with his 18-month-old son Noah Holcombe — the youngest victim of the attack, according to a GoFundMe page.

A GoFundMe site for the extended Holcombe family has raised more than $400,000. The page was created by a friend of Sarah Holcombe Slavin, the daughter of Bryan and Karla. The page creator said Sarah would have been at the service as well but she was running late that day.

Family members killed:

  • Bryan Holcombe
  • Karla Holcombe
  • Danny (Marc) Holcombe
  • Noah Holcombe
  • Crystal Holcombe
  • Emily Hill
  • Megan Hill
  • Greg Hill
  • Crystal’s unborn baby

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