A pregnant woman and at least three of her five children are among the 26 victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Crystal Holcombe, 36, along with her children, Megan, Emily and Greg, and her in-laws, Bryan and Karla Holcombe, were murdered by madman Devin Kelley when he opened fire on a crowd of parishioners attending service. Two of the woman’s children are in critical condition, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot, her cousin Nick Uhlig told San Antonio Express-News. Crystal was eight months pregnant.
On Halloween, just days before the horrifying tragedy would take place, Crystal shared a post from the church celebrating “Fall Festival 2017.” The mother’s Facebook page is filled with photos that show a woman whose life revolved around that of her family and friends.
She spoke about saying goodbye to “Grandpa” on November 1, and shared the photo above with the following caption:
My favorite picture of Grandpa… always having fun with the grandkids.
Tomorrow we will go to say goodbye to one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. He led a remarkable life and loved his family. Will forever cherish times spent to hear the stories of his
youth, and just to sit and enjoy the moment. RIP Grandpa Joseph Uhlig ❤
Loved ones, along with strangers, flocked to the family’s Facebook pages, offering support, prayers and condolences.
“Sunday School lesson is about Manna from Heaven – found in Exodus 16,” Crystal’s husband, John Holcombe, posted to Facebook Saturday night.
“John, I am heartbroken for your loss. I have no words, but I’m praying for you and your family!,” Camille Ingram replied.
“John I am so sad to hear what has happened at church this morning,” Jack E. Mason responded. “I offer my thoughts and prayers for the Sutherland Spring First Baptist Church.”
Judy Whitley stated:
John, we are praying that God will wrap His arms around you and give you “a peace that passes all understanding.” There are simply no words to tell you how heartbroken we are for you and your family. May God’s love and the love of everyone who knows you give you comfort.
“Keep the Holcombe family in your prayers,” Hank Summers posted to Crystal’s timeline. “I do not know your family but I am lifting you all up in prayer,” Kimberly Mair responded.
Others posted in desperation before news that Crystal and the three children had perished, asking for prayers. Bobbi Lynn Holland wrote:
If anyone hears from Crystal Holcombe and/or John Holcombe please let me know if they are okay!! Need to know that my nieces and nephews, sister, and brother-in-law are okay. Please keep them and their friends and family in your prayers