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Texas church shooting: First victims of gunman are named

The 14-year-old daughter of the pastor and a mother of three are among the dead.

At least 26 people were killed by a gunman who attacked a church service.
At least 26 people were killed by a gunman who attacked a church service. AP

A teenager, a mother-of-three and a Sunday school teacher were among those killed in a mass shooting at a Texas church.

Gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened fire on worshippers at First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs.

Many of the 26 dead are understood the be children, while ten others are still fighting for life in hospital.

These are the known victims of the shooting:

  • Annabelle Holkholm, 14
The 14-year-old was the daughter of the church's pastor.
The 14-year-old was the daughter of the church's pastor.

The fourteen-year-old daughter of church pastor Frank Pomeroy was among the first victims to be named.

Mr Pomeroy's wife Sherri said the couple had been out of town but their daughter had been among the congregation and was fatally shot down.

"We lost our 14-year-old daughter today and many friends," she wrote.

"I am at the Charlotte airport trying to get home as soon as I can."

  • Joann Ward
Joann Ward was at church with her children.
Joann Ward was at church with her children.

The mother was shot together with her children as they attended Sunday services at the church.

US media reported that her daughter, Brooke Ward, five, was also killed along Emily Garza, aged seven.

Her son Ryland Ward, also aged five, was reportedly found with four gunshot wounds and is critically ill in hospital.

  • Bryan and Karla Holcolmbe
Bryan and Karla Holcombe were named among the dead.
Bryan and Karla Holcombe were named among the dead.

Bryan Holcombe, an associate pastor for the church, was shot dead as he walked up to the pulpit to lead worship, the Washington Post reports.

His wife Karla, who volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, was also killed.

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