Tragedy struck again on Sunday morning when yet another mass shooting took place on U.S. soil. Carnage swept a small Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and dozens more wounded.
It took only a matter of seconds for nine members of the Holcombe family stretching across three generations to be savagely killed in Sunday’s massacre.
In an instant, Joe and Claryce Holcombe lost children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a future great-grandchild in what is now being called the deadliest mass murder in Texas history.
Bryan Holcombe, the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and the son of Joe and Claryce, was set to deliver Sunday morning’s message in lieu of the church’s usual pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who was traveling out of state.
As he approached the pulpit, the gunman, Devin Kelley, opened fire inside the church walls, killing Bryan and eight other members of his family, including his wife of nearly 40 years, Karla Holcombe.