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Man who lost 8 family members in Texas church shooting releases statement

'Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support,' John Holcombe said.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – John Holcombe has released a statement today, days after losing eight members of his family inside the First Baptist Church. 

His Facebook post this Wednesday reads, "Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. Philip, Evelyn, and myself thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to pray for us in the coming days / weeks / months as we work through all of the issues. I ask for prayers for health, healing, guidance, wisdom, discernment, understanding, protection, and God's will in our decisions and in our lives. Also please keep our Church family in your prayers. Thank you!"

A second post right after reads, "Regarding our baby, we don't know if it was a boy or a girl. It was too soon to tell. However, we have a name for our baby, who died in the womb. Carlin Brite "Billy Bob" Holcombe. 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. It also sounds like Karla, Carolyn, and Charles. "Billy Bob" is the nickname the kids gave the baby."

Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. Philip, Evelyn, and myself thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ...

Posted by John Holcombe on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Regarding our baby, we don't know if it was a boy or a girl. It was too soon to tell. However, we have a name for our...

Posted by John Holcombe on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holcombe was attending church Sunday, with his pregnant wife, Crystal, his step-kids Evelyn, Megan, Emily and Gregory Hill, his parents John Bryan and Karla Holcombe, his brother Marc Holcombe and 1-year-old niece, Noah Holcombe. 

Holcombe and his step-daughter, Evelyn, suffered shrapnel injuries, and were released from University Hospital early this week. 

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