Lives Lost: Community mourns 26 victims of Texas church shooting

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 02:14:52 PM. The identities of the 26 victims of Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio were released Wednesday.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS — One teen dreamed of working as a nurse in a neo-natal intensive care unit. Another woman had visited First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs for the first time. A recently retired couple from Pennsylvania was there, and a pregnant mother of five. They were among the 26 churchgoers slaughtered Sunday morning when Devin Patrick Kelley of New Braunfels walked into the church and sprayed the congregation with more than 450 rounds of ammunition. READ ALSO: Killer celebrated with church-goers just days before massacre Now Playing: Victims of the Texas church shooting Media: Fox 26 Houston The 26-year-old triggerman fled and later killed himself after being shot by a rifle-wielding neighbor, leaving a grief-stricken community to mourn and try to process a crime that continues to confound and dismay residents across Texas and beyond. On Wednesday, authorities formally identified the victims, many of whom threw themselves in front of their children or friends to try to protect them from the bullets. They represent a cross-section of this small rural town 35 miles southeast of San Antonio — moms, dads, grandparents, children, cousins and friends, ranging in age from 1 to 77, and including an unborn child, according to details culled from interviews, media reports and law enforcement. Holcombe family  Sunday's shooting claimed the lives of nine members — three generations — of the Holcombe family. John Bryan Holcombe, 60, an associate...Read more
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