- Details about the victims in Sunday’s shooting at a church in Texas continue to emerge. The victims spanned generations, ranging in age from an unborn child to a 77-year-old. At least eight members of a single family were killed.
At least 26 people were killed and more than 20 others were injured on Sunday when a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the massacre the deadliest in state history.
The victims spanned generations. The youngest killed was an unborn child. Details of the victims have emerged as relatives of the deceased speak out. Here are some of their stories:
The Holcombe family
At least eight members of a single family died in the attack.
Joe Holcombe said his granddaughter-in-law, Crystal Holcombe, died along with her unborn child and three of her children, 13-year-old Greg, 11-year-old Emily, and 8-year-old Megan.
Joe also said that his grandson, Marc Daniel Holcombe, 36, and his infant daughter Noah, died. Joe’s son, 60-year-old Bryan Holcombe and his 58-year-old wife Karla Holcombe were also killed.
The Ward family
Joann Ward and two of her daughters, 5-year-old Brooke and 7-year-old Emily Garza, were killed, Dallas News reported. A third child – 5-year-old Ryland – was shot and treated at a hospital. Ryland emerged in stable condition after undergoing surgery. He is expected to survive.
Annabelle Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of one of the church’s pastors, was killed along with many friends, according to her mother. Sherri Pomeroy said she and her husband were out of town when the shooting took place. Her father Frank described Annabelle as “one very beautiful, special child.”
Richard and Therese Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez and his wife Therese also died. Both of them were retired. Richard’s only daughter, Regina, told The Washington Post that her father “was the person I went to if I had a problem.”
“He taught me how to love. I didn’t call anybody else but him. And now I can’t even call him.”
Karen and Scott Marshall
This was the Marshall couple’s very first visit to the First Baptist Church. The Washington Post reported that Karen was planning to retire from the Air Force and was in the middle of moving from Washington to Texas.
Lula Woicinski White
White was the grandmother of the gunman’s wife. She was 71.
“My sister was a wonderful, caring person – a God-loving person,” Mary Mishler Clyburn told the New York Daily News. “I miss her badly already. We texted every day. We loved each other to the moon and back.”
Robert and Shani Corrigan
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Corrigans were Michigan natives. They were high school sweethearts. The two had moved to rural Texas to start a new life years ago.
“[Robert] was always a gentleman – never judging who you were or where you came from. He treated everyone equally,” said Patty Root, a longtime family friend. “We will miss him. And everyone needs to know what a fine man he grew up to be. He did not come from a rich family – just a family that loved to help others.”
One of her best friends, Amber Maricle, messaged McNulty after hearing news about the shooting. In a text, she remarked how “the shooting was so close to [Tara],” without knowing that she was caught up in it, according to The Washington Post.
A family friend of Haley’s set up a GoFundMe campaign online to raise money for her surviving family.
Her friend describes Haley as “a beautiful, vibrant, 16-year-old girl, and was excited about the bright future ahead of her. She loved babies, and had dreams of becoming a NICU nurse. In her mother’s words ‘Haley loved life and was the most dramatic person.'”
Details about some of the other victims are still beginning to surface. Dennis and Sara Johnson were killed. Their family confirmed their deaths but declined to comment further, The Washington Post reported.
ABC News reported that Peggy Warden, 56, Keith Allen Braden, 62, and Emily Garcia, 7, also died.
A CNN reporter tweeted the full list of victims who died:
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 8, 2017