Eight members of the same family, including a baby girl, killed in Texas church massacre

Texas Governor Greg Abbot said he doesn’t think the shooting was a random act of violence, but it does not appear that the suspect had any relatives at the church at the time of shooting

Eight members of one family were killed in the deadly gun massacre at a Sutherland Springs church on Sunday.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Devin Kelley burst into the First Baptist Church in the small Texas town about 30 miles outside of San Antonio on Sunday and opened fire on the congregation, killing 26 people, including young children.

The Chicago Tribune reports that eight of those people were members of the same family, which lost members from three generations. Karla and Brian Holcombe, a pastor at the church, were among those killed, as was one of their sons and their one-year-old granddaughter, surviving Holcombe family members told the newspaper. While one adult son of Karla and Brian survived, his pregnant wife Crystal Holcombe and three of her five children were killed.

CNN reports that while Kelly had in-laws who belonged to the church, none of them were in attendance on Sunday. In an interview on Good Morning America Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbot has said that he believes the attack was targeted, not a “random act of violence.”

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