Crystal, Karla And Bryan Holcombe – Sutherland Springs Victims

Crystal Holcombe was eight months pregnant when she was murdered by Devin Kelley at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas.  Authorities are still searching for a motive for the shooting.  Kelley murdered 26 people in the shooting.  The ages of the victims range from 5 to 72.  Crystal and three of her kids were murdered.

The image below shows the Holcombe family.  Crystal’s husband, John, survived the attack and their two other children were wounded.  Crystal’s cousin, Nick Uhlig, explained that she was a great mother who was old-fashion.  She made homemade cheese and raised goats.

Crystal Holcombe And Her Family
Crystal Holcombe And Her Family

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The image below shows Crystal’s in-laws, Karla and Bryan Holcombe.  They were married for 25 years and were both murdered by Kelley.  Karla was 58 and Bryan was 60.

Bryan And Karla Holcombe
Bryan And Karla Holcombe

Devin Kelley was an ex-Bible studies teacher

Devin Kelley’s LinkedIn page shows that he volunteered at Kingsville First Baptist Church where he was a Bible studies teacher.  Kelley’s Facebook reveals that he liked multiple pages devoted to atheism.  How does an ex-Bible studies teacher become an atheist?

Many atheist simply stop believing in religious teachings.  Kelley could have lost faith in God in 2014 when he was dishonorably discharged from the army.  A dishonorable discharge is applied to the most serious crimes.

Dishonorable discharges are usually rendered for serious offenses including sexual assault and murder.  In 2012, Kelley assaulted his wife and child.  Many believe that Kelley shouldn’t have been allowed to own a weapon after being dishonorably discharged from the army.

When a dishonorable discharge is based on a court-martial conviction, the convicted felon is banned from owning a firearm.  Even if Kelley’s wife purchased the gun, he would have been guilty of constructive possession.

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By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More