At least eight members of one family died in the mass shooting that killed 26 people and injured 20 others inside a church sanctuary in rural Sunderland Springs, Texas. The shooting at the First Baptist Church started not long after Sunday morning service began at 11 a.m. It’s the deadliest massacre inside a place of worship in American history, according to the Daily Beast. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called it the largest mass shooting" in the state's history. And, possibly the most disturbing statistic: Two of America’s five deadliest mass shootings in modern history have occurred in the last 35 days, CNN reports.
Tragically, at least eight of the people killed were members of one family, CNN reports. A woman who was eight months pregnant perished in the gunfire. She has been identified as Crystal Holcombe, according to the Associated Press. Three of her children, two of her in-laws, Bryan and Karla Holcombe, and another relative died.
"She doesn't even drink, smoke or nothing," her cousin, Nick Uhlig, told the Associated Press about Crystal. "She just takes care of kids; she raises goats and makes homemade cheese. That kind of thing, you know? They don't go out dancing or anything like that. They're real old-fashioned, down-to-earth."
Bryan Holcombe was an associate pastor. According to The Washington Post, he and his wife Karla also volunteered at prisons, the Daily Beast reports.Three other relatives from that family were wounded.
The pastor's daugther, 14-year-old Annabelle Renee Pomeroy was fatally shot in the gunfire.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church told KMOV, "(She) was one very beautiful, special child."
Annabelle's mother Sherri Pomeroy wrote in a text message to the Associated Press, “We lost our 14 year old daughter today and many friends."
Both her parents were out of town during the shooting.
The massacre killed about 4% of the town's population, according to CNN. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told reporters that virtually everyone who was in the church was hurt, or worse.
"I think nearly everyone had some type of injury," he said on Monday.
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