1. Eight members of the same family are among the 26 dead after a gunman opened fire in a Texas church.
Texas shooting: Death sweeps across 3 generations of a single family gathered at church https://t.co/xgHgM0ZPK3
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 6, 2017
The small town of Sutherland Springs in Texas – with a population of just 400 people – is in mourning after 26 people were killed as they worshipped at church on Sunday morning, local time.
The gunman – who Mamamia has chosen not to name – shot two people outside the church, before walking inside and opening fire, killing 24 more.
The world is now hearing how generations of families have been torn apart by the tragedy, with one family losing eight people in the attack.
Bryan Holcombe was filling in for the church’s lead pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who was out of state, and was shot and killed as he took to the stage to preach, The Washington Post reports.
His wife and high-school sweetheart, Karla Holcombe, was also killed in the attack. Their 36-year-old son, Marc Daniel Holcombe, was also killed, as was his one-year-old daughter Noah.
Another of their sons – John Holcombe – survived the attack, but his wife Crystal, who was pregnant, was killed.
Three of Crystal’s five children – Emily, Megan and Greg – are also among the 26 victims. The two surviving children are believed to be in a critical condition in hospital.
Joe and Claryce Holcombe – the parents of Bryan, who attend a different church in a nearby down – lost three generations of their family, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, in a matter of minutes.
Another husband is also facing a future without his wife and two of his children. Chris Ward was not at the church service after working a night shift, but his wife Joann and their four children were in attendance.
Joann, along with daughters five-year-old Brooke Ward and Emily Garza, 7, were all gunned down. Chris and Joann’s five-year-old son, Ryland, was shot four times and is currently in hospital with serious injuries.
US President Donald Trump has labelled the attack an “act of evil”, but told reporters in Japan that guns were not to blame.