Bryan and Karla Holcombe are named among the first victims at the hands of Sutherland Springs, Texas, First Baptist Church shooter, Devin Kelley.
Sunday school teacher Karla Holcombe and her husband, Bryan Holcombe have been identified as shooting victims of Sutherland Springs, First Baptist Church shooter, Devin Kelley.
Bryan Holcombe’s death came ironically after having volunteered to stand in in for Pastor Frank Pomeroy who’d traveled to Oklahoma. Witnesses say the stand in pastor was the first victim to be struck by Kelley’s AR-15 assault type rifle.
‘Bryan was filling in,’ told a witness, who did not want to be named, via the dailymail. ‘He was walking up to the pulpit when he was shot in the back.’
Adding, ‘He was an awesome Christian.’
Tragically, Holcombe was killed, alongside his wife of 25 years, Sunday school teacher Karla Holcombe, as well as their pregnant daughter-in-law Crystal Holcombe, a mom-of-five. Tragically three of Crystal’s children were fatally hit in the gunfire.
‘The family is just devastated,‘ the witness added.
The couple ran a canvas repair shop before retiring and had attended the church for 25 years.
‘My father was a good man and he loved to preach. He had a good heart. They knew where they were going. There’s peace in that,’ their son Scott Holcombe, 30 told the Herald-Tribune.
‘I’m dumbfounded,’ the couple’s son added. ‘This is unimaginable.’
Added, sister, Sarah Slavin, 33 via the nytimes, ‘They weren’t afraid of death. They had a strong faith, so there’s comfort in that. I feel like my parents, especially my mom, wasn’t scared.’
Mother-of-four Joann Ward and three of her children were also shot. Family have since told the Dallas News that Joann and two of her her daughters, six-year-old Brooke and eight-year-old Emily have died.
Also killed was six-year-old girl Brooke Garza and her eight-year-old sister, Emily Garza. Nine-year-old sister, Rihanna survived.
Also identified as a victim at the hands of Devin Kelley was Annabelle Pomeroy, whose father – First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy – had been out of town during the attack. The grieving dad told ABC News he’s lost ‘one beautiful girl, and a ‘special child.’