Man whose family was slaughtered in church massacre thanks supporters

A Sunday-school teacher who lost eight family members — including his pregnant wife — in the Texas church massacre thanked well-wishers for their support on Wednesday and revealed he and his spouse had a name for their unborn child.

“We don’t know if it was a boy or a girl,” John Holcombe, whose wife, Crystal, was slaughtered in the attack, wrote in a Facebook post. “It was too soon to tell. However, we have a name for our baby, who died in the womb.”

That name was “Carlin Brite ‘Billy Bob’ Holcombe,” he wrote. “This includes Crystal’s pick for a girl, a boy and the nickname the kids gave the baby.

“Crystal was very thoughtful when coming up with these names. Carlin means small champion. ‘Billy Bob’ is the nickname the kids gave the baby.”

Three of Crystal’s five children died when Devin Kelley opened fire inside First Baptist Church on Sunday.

“Thank you all for your love, prayers and support,” wrote John Holcombe, whose parents and brother were also killed in the carnage.

Authorities on Wednesday released the names of all 26 victims who died during the mass killing, as Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Sutherland Springs to meet with their families and attend a prayer vigil.

The dead include church volunteer Peggy Lynn Warden, who was still mourning the loss of her husband to lung cancer when she gave up her own life to shield her 18-year-old grandson during the massacre, according to reports.

The 56-year-old grandmother stepped in front of grandson Zachary Logan Poston as bullets flew. Warden was fatally struck but Poston survived, even though he suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the arms and legs, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Keith Braden, who’d recently beat cancer, also died on Sunday.

The 61-year-old granddad had finally regrown his hair and gained back the weight he lost after a grueling run of chemotherapy, his family told The Indianapolis Star.


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