Photos, names released of victims of family that lost 8 members

Families mourning loss after church massacre

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – The Holcombe and Hill families are mourning the loss of eight family members today.

A relative of the family tells KSAT that John Holcombe was in church Sunday morning with his pregnant wife, Crystal, and her four children, parents and brother and sister-in-law.

Crystal Holcombe was a widow and remarried John Holcombe. She was about four months pregnant expecting their first child together. She was found deceased inside the church. 

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The children, 13-year-old Greg Hill, 11 year-old Emily Hill, and 8-year-old Megan Hill, were killed inside the church as well. 

Six-year-old Evelyn Hill was taken to University Hospital and is now in stable condition. 

John Holcombe was released from University Hospital Sunday night after suffering injuries from shrapnel.

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John’s parents, Bryan and Karla Holcombe, were also killed inside the church, as well as his brother and sister-in-law, whose names have not been released.

The eldest Hill child, PJ, did not attend church with the family because he was home sick. 


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