Among the 26 people shot dead on November 5, when a gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas, were Crystal Holcombe and her unborn baby.

John Holcombe/Facebook

As Dearly previously reported, Crystal was the wife of John Holcombe, whose family saw the loss of three generations of Holcombes in the attack: John’s parents, Bryan and Karla Holcombe; John’s brother, Marc, 36, and Marc’s toddler, Noah; John’s wife, Crystal Holcombe, and three of their five children, Greg, Emily, Megan, and their unborn child.

The eight family members were survived by patriarch Joe Holcombe, 86, who learned “children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a future great-grandchild” had perished, per The Washington Post. John Holcombe and two of his children managed to escape the attack.


At just 17 months old, Marc Holcombe’s daughter, Noah, was reported as the youngest victim of the Texas shooting. John has since taken to Facebook to announce the name of another young victim, according to 9 Honey.

While John and Crystal didn’t know yet if their unborn child was a boy or a girl, they had already given their baby a name. He wrote:

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.

He added that “‘Billy Bob’ is the nickname the kids gave the baby.”

John Holcombe has openly thanked the public for support during this tragic time and asks for continued prayers. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.

John Holcombe/Facebook

According to reports, over half of the victims killed in Sunday’s shooting were children.

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