Funeral held for 8 family members killed in Texas church shooting

Pictured are three Holcombe children who died during the Texas church shooting. (L-R) Megan Hill, Emily Hill and Greg Hill. (Photo: Facebook)

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) A long line of hearses and limousines has traveled from the site of a public funeral for eight members of one family slain in a shooting at a small Texas church to a cemetery near where they were killed.

Church member John Holcombe survived the massacre and invited the public to the service Wednesday for his pregnant wife and three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece at an event center in Floresville, about 12 miles from the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting occurred.

An estimated 3,000 mourners attended and hundreds more were turned away.

The Holcombe family comprises nearly a third of the more than two dozen victims killed in the shooting Nov. 5.

Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because Crystal Holcombe was pregnant.

Her 7-year-old daughter also escaped from the church with minor injuries.

Her eldest child didn't attend services that day.

The gunman Devin Patrick Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.