“I lost a lot of friends and family this morning but that just means Jesus needed them more.” Annabelle Pomeroy was a seventh grader at Briesemeister John Bryan Holcombe, a 60-year-old associate pastor, was walking to the podium to lead the congregation in worship on Sunday when the shooting began, according to The Washington Post.
His parents, Joe and Claryce Holcombe, said he was killed in the gunfire.
Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Texas Wednesday to attend a prayer service for the victims of the shooting and visit with those recovering in the hospital. Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife were out of town Sunday during the attack – but their youngest daughter, Annabelle, attended the service.
The 14-year-old was among those killed, according to relatives. One thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is that Belle was surrounded yesterday by her church family that she loved fiercely and vice versa,” Sherri Pomeroy, her mother, said Monday.
The couple previously donated land to still another church for a sanctuary.
“They were selfless people,” said Jim Miller, a business owner.
“That’s a crying shame.” “They had actually just found out [about the pregnancy],” Michele Hill, her aunt, said.
When the shooting occurred, Crystal, 36, was pregnant, an aunt told the Associated Press.
Crystal, the unborn child and three of her children died in the church.
Her in-laws, Bryan and Karla Holcombe, were also killed in the attack.
John and Crystal’s 7 year old daughter Evelyn, were injured during the shooting but have already been discharged from the hospital.